Taylor Guitar’s campaign for clean water in Nicaragua

Submitted by Jenna Saldaña | Location: Payacuca, Nicaragua | NGO: El Porvenir | Date: November, 2014


Support clean water. Buy a guitar.

Taylor-HoldenGuitarTaylor Guitars is offering a limited edition of its popular acoustic GS Mini series. Proceeds from guitar sales support El Porvenir and Living Waters for the World clean water projects in Central America.

The inspiration for this guitar began with a walk through a doomed forest at Holden Village. Hundreds of trees were slated to be cut down to reroute a river polluted by the operation of an old copper mine. Many of the trees were old growth Engelmann Spruce, valued by guitar makers for its warm tone and “quick” response to a light touch, making it a truly premium tonewood.

The soundboards of the Holden Village GS Mini guitars are crafted from the wood of these 250-year-old Engelmann spruce trees, creating a unique and beautiful instrument with exceptional sound. The back and sides of this guitar are crafted from the wood of a single “fiddleback” maple tree from the Pacific Northwest. Read more about the guitar on our blog. Hear sound clips of a prototype being played by Randal Bays, of Seattle.

You can order your limited edition Holden Village GS Mini guitar for $549 directly from Taylor Guitars here.

As of November, 2014, the campaign has raised over $100,000 for clean water and well on its way to the goal of $200,000. The proceeds so far have funded a school hand washing station and latrine project in Payacuca, Nicaragua.

Here’s what students of Payacuca say …


 Name:  Yanci Lisbania Castellón Miranda.
I want to be a doctor so that I can help people in my community, especially my family who is very poor.”


Name: Mabel Donayra Castellón Orozco.
“I like to go to school because here the teachers show us how to do math and how to write—and that we should be educated and live in a better environment.
“Now we have a clean latrine, and we can wash our hands.
“I want to be a teacher so I can teach all the kids in the community.
“I promise to maintain this project always to protect it and plant flowers around it so that it’s pretty.”


Name: Freddy  Asniel Sevilla.
I like attending school because we learn about Nicaraguan history and to be respectful people. I am so happy I have a clean place to go to the bathroom and wash my hands.
“I want to be an agricultural engineer to show people how to farm and how to care for animals.”


Name: María Elsa López Cruz.
“I aspire to be an engineer and work on projects like this one.
“I like the hand washing station and latrines because now the school is cleaner, and we have better hygiene.”

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While they have the right to a free education, the majority of rural children drop out of school after 1st grade.  Access to clean drinking water and sanitation brings multiple benefits for rural communities: freeing money that was previously spent treating diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation, freeing mothers’ and children’s time for other activities, and improving children’s school attendance and performance. Studies carried out by CARE in Kenya on school water, sanitation, and hygiene (SWASH) programs found that absences were reduced by 58% when wells, latrines, and hand-washing stations were present. The study also showed that SWASH interventions reduced the risk of diarrheal disease by 66%.


It’s a beautiful guitar for a beautiful cause. You can get yours from Taylor Guitars.