A Nicaragua Dispatch (5/13/2012) article by Tim Rogers (of course) says,
"Last year, Nicaragua attracted a record-setting $967.8 million in foreign-direct investment—about $100 million less than the total amount of remittances that entered the country." Nicas abroad sent at least $1.053 billion (Inter-American Dialogue’s figure) to their families in Nicaragua. (That doesn't include what padrino Hugo sends to the Ortegas.) See,
My contribution was a bit more than 1 ppm of that (the wife's family), thank you (er, you're welcome ... whatever). But I don't believe these measurements capture what I send, because it's all done with ATM cards on US accounts.