Strawberry Farming for 500 Afghan Women

May 16, 2013

Strawberry Runners Planted (500,000 of them!)

Prepping the land and soil for strawberry planting
Prepping the land and soil for strawberry planting

Nearly six months into our GlobalGiving campaign and we have already helped improve the lives of 500 Afghan women – and we have you to thank! Because of you, we have raised nearly one-third of our $25,000 fundraising goal, which is helping to make this project a reality.

Since our last report to you in February, our staff on the ground have now identified and met with all 500 women participating in this project, in the districts of Kabul, Parwan and Kapisa. All of the women have successfully completed the “Producer Orientation” training series. During late March and early April each woman received 1,000 strawberry runners to plant in their gardens, and received hands-on instruction in soil preparation and care of the plants. GPFA also implemented 28 bucket irrigation systems in the villages that were most in need as an extra measure to ensure the success of this project.

While the harvest this summer may not be at peak production (this will occur in the next couple of years), the women, with the help of GPFA staff, have already taken the next steps towards income generation – ensuring a guaranteed marketplace for their produce. In addition to securing a partnership with one of the largest commercial farm and packing facilities in Central Asia, recruitment of local women wholesalers also began. With even the smallest profit, these women’s lives, and the lives of their families, will be changed for the better. And it all started this past spring with the planting of 500,000 strawberry runners. In the coming months, we look forward to sharing stories from the field and profiling the experiences of some of the women farmers involved in this project.

We are thrilled that some of you have chosen to enroll in GlobalGiving’s “Monthly Recurring” donation option. It is an easy way to support the project (we are talking as little as $12 a month), but gives the project a big boost. You can also make tribute gift in honor of a friend, colleague, or loved one for a special occasion by choosing the “Gift or In-Honor of” option when you donate. Two great ways to continue to stay involved with this project!

Again, on behalf of all of us at GPFA – thank you!

Recycled boxes used to transport strawberries
Recycled boxes used to transport strawberries
Distributing strawberry runners in recycled boxes
Distributing strawberry runners in recycled boxes

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Project Leader

Kate McLetchie

New York, NY United States

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