Sorting through the piles of trash at La Joya garbage dump on the outskirts of Granada, Nicaragua, Maria Rodriguez found a dozen half-hatched chickens in a box.
She could not believe what she saw. Carefully helping the little chickens by cleaning them off, Maria sets them back in the box to take them home.
“I could not believe that the chicken farm was disposing of completely good chickens,” she said. “I saw this as an opportunity to take them home, feed and care for them.” After several months, the little hatchlings are now fully grown chickens. Some are producing eggs for her family and neighbors. She is selling the eggs to people living in her community.
Since then, a little red truck from the local large scale poultry factory disposes garbage, feathers, and newly hatched chickens. Almost every day, up to two dozen little hatchlings are mysteriously discarded and rescued by the women working in the dump.