Nicaragua's minimum wage is a bit complicated as it depends both on what kind of work you do and where you live but the general conclusion is that it only covers the cost of about 50% of the necessities (canasta basica). Some of us may have an idea how that compares to the value of the minimum wage back home which, for the majority of NL readers is in the US but a more useful comparision would be to other countries in the region.
Enter an article in Guatemala Times. It turns out that you could pretty much replace the word Guatemala with Nicaragua in the article.
A 5% increase in the minimum wages for agricultural, non-agricultural and maquila export was approved. The decree establishes that wages for farm and nonfarm activities will be $ 271 monthly. In 2011 it was $ 258. For employees and maquila exports will increase from $ 235 to 249 per month. In Guatemala 53% of the 14.3 million people live in poverty and 13% in extreme poverty. Guatemala is the number 4 country in the world in child mal nutrition. It has the worst health and nutrition indicator in the hemisphere.