About PML

Our Mission

The mission of Project Minnesota/León is to strengthen human and community development through the exchange of people and ideas between Minnesota and León, Nicaragua.

Click here to learn about PML's goals, and here to read about distinctive strategies that make it effective.


Travel to León

The PML experience—connecting the people of Minnesota and the people of León—supports participants in moving beyond cultural differences and creating memories they will value for the rest of their lives. The experience begins when  a group—whether formal, such as a class, or informal, such as family and friends—united around a common interest travels to León, Nicaragua.


Community Development in León

Project Minnesota/León has facilitated community initiatives and cooperative ventures since it began. Early efforts included classroom construction, equipment donation, a maternal/child nutrition program, latrine construction support, and community health center support. 

A significant shift in PML's work was realized in 2013 to make human development a high priority. In 2014, experienced development practitioner Rosa Lira Ulloa was hired full-time to focus on the semirural San Carlos community about seven kilometers from León. 

PML's current development work also includes Taller Artístico Xuchialt, a youth art school, and Gotitas de Esperanza, a preschool.



Project Minnesota/León supports a full-time director and a full-time projects facilitator, both paid and working in León, and a paid, part-time development and outreach director in Minnesota. A volunteer board consisting of members from both León and Minnesota steers the organization. PML supports its efforts through fundraisers and donations.


Our Beginnings

Project Minnesota/León was conceived in the early 1980s, when three Minnesotans traveled to Nicaragua with two cultural exchange programs. The exchanges sparked conversations about ways to make people-to-people connections. Doors soon began to open, and Project Minnesota/León was established. More than 25 coordinators have served in León since the inception of the project, and dozens of groups, youth and adult, have traveled between Nicaragua and Minnesota.