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We are 55 indigenous families, who have seen in the breeding of guinea pigs an opportunity to improve our lives. Under normal conditions we should have and output of 992 animals per year. We havent been able to achieve this level yet due to the plastic roof of the shed, which causes diseases in the animals. We need 1596 US Dollars to change the roof and buy cages for accommodation of the animals. With an adequate shelter profitability would increase by 30%.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Our shed houses 100 breeding guinea pigs, which under normal conditions would achieve an output of 992 animals per year. We havent achieved this level yet, since production has been affected by the presence of fungal diseases and problems caused by the plastic roof of the shed house, which alters temperature and moisture.

How will this project solve this problem?

We need support to change the roof and buy 4 cages for accommodation of the animals. Adequate shelter would allow to maintain the temperature and relative humidity inside the shed increasing profitability by about 30%. With this increase in production we could seize the market for our product, which is very wide. On one hand we could sell the guinea pigs to several steakhouses in the region. On the other hand, we could sell them to producers and producers associations in the region .

Potential Long Term Impact

The increase in production will allow us to improve the incomes and living conditions of the families involved and contribute to reduce migration of young people, who are usually forced to seek job opportunities in other cities. Therefore, it will contribute to consolidate the family unit. Besides, this shed will be used to teach other families of the community the semi-technified breathing of guinea pigs, so that they can also get involved in this activity and generate additional incomes.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $25
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,975
Total Funding Goal: $5,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


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Project Leader

Paula Rodriguez

Bogota, Cundinamarca Colombia

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