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Feb 19, 2016

Other 10 ecological ovens built!

Traditional oven to be replaced
Traditional oven to be replaced

From November till today we have built other 10 ovens, thanks to your precious help: we’ve got 1500 $!

Every time we build a new one in a house, all the family tries to help our local workers while working. In this way they can also better understand how to do the maintenance afterwards. When the oven in finished it’s always a special day: the family cooks the engera bread for everybody and offers it to the workers and to their neighbors. In this way a solidarity network is growing in the villages.

From the 16th of February till the 7th of March this project is participating to the Renewable Energy Match Funding Campaign on Global Giving, so we hope that many of you will choose us to help these poor Eritrean families to have a new ecological oven at home! Together we can make the difference!

Thanks once again for your support!

New ecological oven
New ecological oven
New ecological oven
New ecological oven
Feb 2, 2016

Fantastic news! January Report.

Fish tanks
Fish tanks

Dear Donors!

Great progresses have been made with the farm construction. Today, we are only missing the fence on top of the entrance gate and few tools for the animals. The garden is already a pleasure to look at as it flourishes every day and the entrance gate is ready to have the name 'LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN' on it.   

We are very, very excited and we can only imagine what a beautiful place it will be, like a resort in the desert.  This coming March the president of Aleimar will be going to Abomey to visit the project and we will celebrate all together. 

Unfortunately pictures can only partially represent the immense effort that we have been through- with all our supporters on the ground- to make this possible.  

This farm will be a fresh start for the people of Abomey. It will set new standards to raise animals and grow food. It will change the way people approach farming, giving the new infrastructures and tools that will be available. 

It will give to the children of the centres the chance to look ahead with hope that things will be better very soon as they will not feel hungry anymore.  It will give them the chance to learn, it will inspire them to do better in life, to strive and achieve and at last, it would give people in Abomey a chance to work hard looking after what will be their after the inauguration. 

Let's all be proud of our hard work and stop for a moment to appreciate how important "these few walls" are going to be for the people of Abomey.  

To all Donors, actual and potential, let's appreciate what your collective contributions have been able to achieve, and most importantly, the spirit of kindness and generosity behind every donation. 

We sincerely look forward to your continuous support. 

Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden
he is happy :)
he is happy :)
entrance to the farm
entrance to the farm
eggs collected
eggs collected
Chicken House
Chicken House

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Jan 7, 2016

First report of Let's seed the future

Vegetable garden in Italy
Vegetable garden in Italy

Dear Donors!

So much has been achieved since the start of the project in 2015. The first step towards involving the original target of 250 women in agricultural activities consisted in providing trainings for selected group leaders.  

Their role is fundamental for the success of the project in many ways: first, as part of their own community they are better positioned to outreach women and other community groups using peer education methods; secondly each team leader willl be in charge of coordinating and supporting a group of women in the agricultural activities.  

Each group focused on one or two specific crops within the Benin’s staple diet (i.e. cassava; groundnuts and soya beans). A first tranche of microcredit for the amount of $40 has been provided to each group to buy seeds that were planted during the raining season (June-August).

At the moment, women are starting harvesting the first crops and selling the products on the local market to generate some income. We are in the process of providing some basic tools that will consistently facilitate the transformation from raw materials into the end products.  

For example, for the Cassava we are providing mechanical choppers, twin screw presses and improved ovens to facilitate the roasting phase. Ovens consist in small cylinders of cement and iron made with a technique easily replicable by the women themselves.

To facilitate peanuts to be processed into paste, in oil and biscuits we provided a conversion kit composed of decorticating, oven for toasting, presses and a wooden board. In addition to that, we provided them with tools for the processing of soybean into cheese.

As these processes are normally done manually, they do require unquantifiable more time and efforts which results in low food production. Therefore, these tools will make an incredible difference not only increasing productivity, but also it will improve the quality of the end products as well as facilitating the work of the women involved.

At the same time, we have been engaging the groups into awareness raising activities over the importance of good nutrition both at community level and with the targeted schools in Benin and Italy. 

Additionally, between May and June last year, two vegetable gardens have been realised in Italy.

We have attached as many pictures as we have.  We are very proud of the work that has been done up to now and we are very grateful to Global Giving to allow us to share it here with its community!

We are looking forward to keep up the good work with your support!

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Vegetable garden in Italy_2
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Vegetable garden in Italy_4
Vegetable garden in Benin
Vegetable garden in Benin
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Vegetable garden in Benin_2
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Vegetable garden in Benin_3
Twin screw presses
Twin screw presses
Micro-credit groups
Micro-credit groups
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Microcredit_3
 
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