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Jun 1, 2012

"Fanm se poto mitan devlopman"

Woman with tomato plants
Woman with tomato plants

In Haitian Creole, “Fanm se poto mitan devlopman” can be translated into English as “Women are the cornerstone of development”. Benito Jasmin, local coordinator of the Global Giving Vegetable Gardens project in Lory, has learned from experience that women are a powerful force in Haitian communities. They use their new skills and income to improve the lives of their families and neighbors. Thanks to you, women in Lory have received materials and training which has allowed them to work and learn at the community  nursery, transplant their own seedlings, and properly water their plants. The plants are now producing flowers and bearing fruit!

While working mainly with women, this project has also made an effort to incorporate men. Husbands have helped their wives prepare soil for transplants, helped with seedling transportation, and supported their wives in their agricultural activities. Benito commented that it was great to see husbands and wives making decisions together, and planning and laughing together.  

With the promise that the women in this community have shown in their horticulture activities, new doors are beginning to open. Soon, the families will have the opportunity to raise chickens. The community and leaders are also exploring ideas to make Lory a more unified and well-kept community by planting trees and flowers, and they are even considering the possibility of future Eco-tourism activities in Lory.

Thank you for helping to supply the materials and training necessary to provide these determined women and their families with the opportunities and hope they need for the future! With your continued support, Lory will keep working towards becoming an economically self-sufficient community.

Nursery uses
Nursery uses
Fanm se poto mitan devlopman
Fanm se poto mitan devlopman
Jun 1, 2012

Donations Make a Difference!

Haitian Cuniculture Event!
Haitian Cuniculture Event!

The Feeding Families project continues to make a difference in rural Haiti, thanks to your support. Some recent purchases with donated funds include:

  • 10 watering cans
  • 4 backpack sprayers for the vegetable project
  • 2 rolls of rabbit cage wire
  • 49 water nipples for rabbit cages
  • training workshop on rabbit cage construction

Funds were also used to bring rabbit producers from the project to the first Haitian Cuniculture Event, where they received training on a variety of topics and they were able to interact and share experiences with producers from other parts of Haiti. More importantly, with the assistance of Makouti Agro Enterprise, producers joined together in a more formal network so they can sell rabbits as a group. This will allow them to tap into new markets that need a higher quantity of rabbits and/or a regular supply of rabbits, which can be hard for an individual producer.

The accomplishments and progress to date on the Feeding Families project is due to the generous support of donors like you. We thank you again for your assistance with this important activity!

Mar 13, 2012

Bonus Day! Your support could go 30% further!

Overseeing seedling production in Lory
Overseeing seedling production in Lory

The “Vegetable Gardens for Improved Nutrition in Haiti“ project is making great progress!  In January and February 2012, two Farmer to Farmer horticulture production specialists visited the town of Lory and met the student agronomist who is working with the garden project. They were preparing land for planting and had also done additional trial beds of various vegetables. The Farmer to Farmer team demonstrated techniques for seeding and thinning and also discussed plant nutrients and composting. As soil had been identified previously as a challenge, they also did soil tests. During the trainings, producers in Lory also had a chance to ask questions and much of that discussion was about composting. There were also additional field demonstrations in transplanting seedlings. Now in mid-March, more than 4,000 tomatoes seedlings as well as 2,000 pepper, cabbage, and eggplant seedlings are ready to be distributed to 50 beneficiaries in Lory.

As the project continues to grow, your support is critical. The nursery is still in progress, additional supplies are needed, and on-going training and technical assistance will make sure the garden project becomes sustainable.  Today – March 14th – is Bonus Day at Global Giving, with a potential 30% match for your donations. Give today to help improve vegetable production and nutrition in Haiti!  

Sorting seed packets in Lory
Sorting seed packets in Lory
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