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Generation Us: Nicaraguan senior advocate makes most of time with JABA

Daily Progress. December 1, 2017 — As the middle child in a family with three girls, growing up in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, Samanta Lacayo Trujillo says she was always having to fight for attention. Today, the 29-year-old entrepreneur fights for the rights of elders in her country so they can get the attention and support they deserve — and she credits her early struggles for preparing her for that.

“I have always identified with elders,” Lacayo said. “It was hard to get attention when I was growing up, and that is what elders want — to be seen and recognized, and to be treated like a regular person. I can relate to that.”
 
Lacayo went on to graduate from the Universidad Centroamericana UCA de Nicaragua with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has worked as a psychologist and is now a partnership manager for the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2002 to improve conditions for vulnerable older adults in developing countries.
 
After years volunteering with elders, and caring for her own grandmother, Lacayo founded the Centro de Desarrollo Integral para la Vejez, a center where aging adults can prepare for retirement. The center also offers training for caregivers who want to specialize in the care of elders.
 
This fall, she was one of 10 young Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurs out of 500 who applied who were placed at businesses and organizations in Charlottesville through the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. It’s her first time visiting America. Read More.

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