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.
Oct 2, 2013

New processing facility completed!

Construction of the new facility!
Construction of the new facility!

Over the past months, Makouti Agro Enterprise in collaboration with the Farmer to Farmer Program has worked to grow animal production in Sibert and nearby areas. Animal production in rural communities provides these families with a source of protein in their diets, and also a source of income as they are being linked to urban markets.

In our last update, we described plans for an improved animal-processing facility in Sibert. This would enable producers to slaughter and handle the meat in a more hygienic way and also means better meat quality. One section will serve as a meeting room and a separate area will be devoted to processing the animals.

Your donations were used to complete this new and improved rabbit-, chicken- and goat-processing facility!  We thank you for your continued support of the project.

Construction of the new facility!
Construction of the new facility!
Jun 21, 2013

Micro-loans Help Women in Lory

Biochar briquettes
Biochar briquettes

Thanks to our generous donors for your support of the Vegetable Gardens for Improved Nutrition project. Your latest gifts have been combined with some additional funding to be able to give loans out to women in the Lory community. Makouti Agro Enterprise has been overseeing the loan system and they have had a lot of success with these types of loans previously. 

Some of the loans are going towards helping women in Lory to produce more vegetables. Some loans are being used to help women buy and resell vegetables as a small business or transport their own vegetables to market. One women is using the loan to expand her business producing and selling all-natural briquettes made from Biochar, which can replace charcoal in cooking and can also be used as fertilizer to provide soil nutrients. 

As we see some of the results of these micro-loans, we will post additional photos and information. But thank you again for your support!

Apr 24, 2013

To the market we go, thanks to our donors!

Lots of rabbits to sell!
Lots of rabbits to sell!

First off, thank you for your generous support of the Feeding Families Project in Haiti! As the project expanded to include not just Grand Boulage, but also the nearby communities of Croix des Bouquets, Sibert, and Kenskoff, one of the main challenges has been market linkages for producers in these communities. By increasing income of project participants, their purchasing power increases and they are better able to feed their families so linking them to markets is critical. As these communities try and tap into markets in Port-au-Prince, GlobalGiving funding has helped by providing needed supplies and training. 

With the rabbits, one of the goals is to sell 300 rabbits weekly to markets in Port-au-Prince. While demand is growing, producers need a central location where they can slaughter and prepare them for market. In Sibert, there is already a location for this but with the help of donors, the structure is being improved with an eye towards better hygiene and meat quality. The location can then be used for preparing not just rabbits but also chickens and goats for the market. Having a central location for this will help ensure high quality products, which will lead to more demand and more income for producers.

Without the support of donors like you, this would not be possible. Thank you again for your generous support of the Feeding Families project!

Rabbits being transported to market
Rabbits being transported to market
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