We are pleased to announce the continued success of our strawberry project in partnership with GlobalGiving! Thanks to your support, we have raised one-third of our $25,000 fundraising goal and 500 women farmers are harvesting their strawberries this month!
This past spring our women farmers planted a total of 500,000 strawberry runners. Since we last reported to you, we have provided these women training in irrigation and water management, fertilizer application, weed control, harvesting, and packaging techniques. As follow-up on this training, we are also visiting each individual strawberry farm and providing hands-on/one-on-one instructions in the field. Due to our training efforts, our women farmers are geared up for a successful first season and are gaining the lifelong skills they need to provide for themselves and their families.
We have also begun to train 10 women wholesalers. These wholesalers will work to efficiently bring the strawberries to the marketplace and allow the women farmers to make the most profit from their strawberries. During this month our farmers will harvest thousands of kilograms of strawberries to be sold in the marketplace. Although the first harvest won’t be at peak production (this will occur in second and third years), these women will be able to support themselves and their families due to their hard work and unwavering spirits. More importantly, this year's harvest represents the growth that has been made in empowering these women and launching their farm enterprises.
Please help us continue our critical work with Afghan women farmers by donating today! GlobalGiving’s Monthly Recurring donation option is an easy way to support our project for as little as $12 per month. You can also always provide a one-time donation which will provide a great boost to this project. On behalf of all of us at GPFA, a heartfelt thank you!
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