Provide Microfinance to Disadvantaged Laos Farmers

 
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Provide Microfinance to Disadvantaged Laos Farmers

Provide Microfinance to Disadvantaged Laos Farmers
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From the farmer

From the farmer
This farmer wants to create an income from agriculture, but he needs help. Long ago his land was cleared for timber and it has since been sitting idle and bare. He would like to plant Jatropha Curas and a productive rice paddy, and ensure a stable future for his family. (view small | med | large | orig)

A new member

A new member
Tit Phua is one of SEDA's newest members. He has a 2-year-old plantation that he started himself. SEDA will provide information and growing education to this farmer so that his first income-generating harvest is successful. We will ensure he receives a fair price for his seeds. (view small | med | large | orig)

Growing gains

Growing gains
Farmers working with SEDA have already planted out 150 Jatropha Curas seedlings since this project started in late 2007. With your support, we aim to have 9000 acres planted with Jatropha by the end of 2009 - that's almost one million trees! (view small | med | large | orig)

The tree of choice

The tree of choice
This Jatropha Curas tree is part of a member plantation in Vientiane Province. It's about 2 years old and has already produced two small seed harvests. By its third year it will have produced enough seeds to be harvested for the growing bio-energy market. (view small | med | large | orig)

The good oil

The good oil
SEDA has been collecting Jatropha Curas seeds from different parts of the world to find out which trees produce the best oil. Each farmer will be guided by SEDA and a team of specialists to make sure what we know is passed on to the farmers too. (view small | med | large | orig)

Going strong

Going strong
Jatropha Curas was initally discovered growing naturally in villages in Vientiane Province. The local soil has been tested and determined perfect for this species, which means that crops are guaranteed to thrive. (view small | med | large | orig)

Materials for market

Materials for market
This farmer has been harvesting herb plants for market, which earns him less than 3 cents/lbs - he can barely feed his family. By planting Jatrapha Curas, he can sell the seed for 25 cents/lbs. When combined with the sale of traditional herbs, this will earn him a more stable income. (view small | med | large | orig)

Water for life

Water for life
Utilizing natural resources is the key to a successful project. Using an eco-friendly design, this stream will be used to create a fish pond, irrigation and clean, accessible water for the village. This will also ensure ongoing irrigation of Jatropha crops and a successful crop. (view small | med | large | orig)

Inter-cropping is the key

Inter-cropping is the key
Inter-copping is essential for agricultural development in Laos. Bio-enery is just one component. Areas must also be dedicated to food, such as rice paddies, and other income generating crops, like traditional herbs. (view small | med | large | orig)

Funded

Thanks to 3 donors like you, a total of $375 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Souly QuachAngkham

Founder
Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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