Partners of the Americas

Partners of the Americas believes that working together across borders builds understanding and improves the lives of people in the Western Hemisphere. We create opportunities that inspire hope for all and celebrate the richness of our diversity.
Nov 19, 2014

Filled with Thanksgiving

Greetings!

First, we want to sincerely thank you for your continued support for this garden project in Haiti! Thanks to your contributions, we’ve continued to educate families on the nutritional content of foods, the positive impacts that a nutrient-rich diet has on health, and ways to increase access to healthy foods. 

In the past few months, we have focused on promoting sustainability and small agribusiness development.  The project has developed a micro-loan system to help farmers create independently-run small agribusinesses. Our goal is to increase the number of loans and families involved with this program. With increased investment, we can empower more families to define for themselves what success looks like and equip them to uncover correlations between good agricultural practices, increased production, and the impact of value-added activities on monthly incomes. This should not only improve families' access to nutritional foods but also increase their potential for a more economically sustainable livelihood. 

On this Thanksgiving, we are thankful for you and all of our dedicated donors!

Mar 7, 2014

Micro-loans Help Women in the Community of Lory

Over the past few months, funds from our generous Global Giving donors have been combined with other resources to create small loans called “Tokèt Pam.” As we have mentioned in the past, micro-loans have helped women in Lory achieve a variety of successes, including producing more vegetables and growing their small businesses. These accomplishments have contributed to the economic development of the community as a whole. With her loan, this Lory woman was able to establish her own restaurant “Resto Kay Cilotte.” She was able to use her cooking skills to increase her income and her customers can now enjoy some delicious Haitian cuisine!

Future donations will allow us to expand our efforts in Lory and reach even more people. Thank you for your continued support of the Lory project!

Oct 3, 2013

Toket Pam

Haitian woman
Haitian woman

Over the past months, Makouti Agro Enterprise in collaboration with the Farmer to Farmer Program has contributed to business development in Lory through an improved loan system. Donations from GlobalGiving were combined with other funds to help 10 women establish 10 businesses in the town of Lory. These efforts were intentionally conducted during two months of school vacation to help women better prepare for upcoming school fees in September.

The assistance took the form of a “Tokèt Pam,” which is a combination loan and grant. Each woman received 5,000 gourdes (just over $100 USD). After one month, the women begin repaying 500 gourdes monthly. Those who successfully make their payments for 6 months do not have to pay the 4 remaining monthly payments. Thus the system is comprised of a 60 percent loan and of a 40 percent grant. This system offers a good alternative to other lending organizations, whose stringent repayment and interest policies have caused families to go into debt. 

We thank you for your generous support of the Lory project!

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