The months of December 2020 and January 2021 were quite busy for the members of Asosyasyon Fanm Vanyan Fyevil (Fyevil Association of Courageous Women). Our Regional Monitor worked closely with the management committee of AFVF along with 2 two of their previously contractaed Veterinarians to evaluate the progress of this project and their goats. Approximately 21 members participated in these meetings where they discussed the following:
Difficulties they faced in acquiring essential medications needed to care for the ill goats.
Revamping the process of distributing the baby goats.
Monitoring the evolution of the troop and how the goats are interacting with each other.
Necessity of reform in an effort to minimize miscarriages among the goats.
Based on those points, here are the solutions that the women were able to come up with:
The veterinarians will assist the organization in getting the medications needed that are most prevalent throughout the troop.
Closer monitoring of the female goats that suffer more than one miscarriage to move them elsewhere when necessary.
More frequent meetings to be held throughout the organization to discuss, in detail, the distribution method so no one is skipped accidentally or feels they were skipped.
Although the itnernal work was a lot, the goats continued to produce. There were 16 goats that were born in the beginning of this year. The original troop now has 216 kids born since the inception of the project. So far, 172 have been distributed to 120 of AFVF's members. Even the kids have given birth! 48 of the once baby goats already gave birth to 73 kids of their own!
In addition to their flourishing goat project, these women have also begun filling bags to prepare their seedlings for the reforestation aspect of their project.
In the Southern region, 175 farmers were beneficiaries of these funds. These farmers are mainly from the following organizations spread throughout the communes of Cavaillon and Torbeck:
MPL: Mouvman Peyizan Lafrezilyè (Peasant Movement of Lafrezilye)
OPDTM: Oganizasyon Peyizan pou Devlopman Twa Mango (Peasant Organization for the Development of Twa Mango)
KOKAP: Koperativ Agrikòl Kafe Plezans (Agricultural Coffee Cooperative of Plezans)
KOPADET: Konbit Peyizan pou Devlopman Tòbèk (Peasant Collective for the Development of Tobek)
APTK: Asosyasyon Peyizan Têt kole Kavayon (Heads Together Peasant Association of Kavayon)
OPBK: Oganizasyon Peyizan Bèsi Klona (Peasant Organization of Besi Klona)
These organizations did not all plant at the same time because some needed to plant on dry land, during the rainy season or land that is just watered. MPL, OPDTM and KOKAP planted on dryland during the month of October. Some of the beneficiaries were able to0. utilize the funds to pay off debt that they incurred during the previous month as well. These farmers planted beans, corn, sweet potatoes and peanuts. All of their gardens have already harvested.
The following planting session for OPBK, TKL OMEO, APTK and KOPADET occurred in the end of November going into December. These beneficiaries planted beans, peanuts, sweet potatoes as well as an assortment of peppers. These gardens are flourishing with some of the peppers and peanuts already harvesting. All of the cultures they planted are preparing for harvest within the 3 months as planned in the program goals. There are also some of the organizations, like APTK, that faced additional planting delays because of very heavy rainfalls in their area (Cavaillon).
Despite everything that was going on and all of the troubles the members faced, there was still a praise-worth level of solidarity within the organization members who joined forces in helping each other with their planting in an effort to minimize the cost of hiring outside labor. Another form of solidarity within the program was the Cavaillon farmers, specifically APTK, who after completing their planting in the month of October sold seeds to other members who were preparing to plant in December. This on-the-spot access to the supplies needed helped the next group tremendously and allowed them to complete their gardens at a much faster pace than other local farmers who had to get their supplies from outside vendors.
The South members expressed much gratitude for this emergency support along with the constant help that they received from the Regional Monitor who never left their side.
Hooray! We've reached the last phase of our COVID-19 response program because of your continued support. In the Artibonite region, 175 farmers were beneficiaries from the following seven organizations:
TK-TPLA: Têt Kole Ti Peyizan Latibonit (Small Peasants Heads Together of Latibonit)
OPGDSC: Oganizasyon Peyizan Garyen pou Devlopman Savann Kare (Garyen Peasants Organization for the Develpment of Savann Kare)
ODEPERIB: Oganizasyon Devlopman Peyizan Rivyè Blanc (Peasants Organization for the Development of Rivye Blanc)
OPDERGM: Oganizasyon Plantè pou Devlopman Ravin Gwomon (Planters Organization for the Development of Ravin Gwomon)
APCHVRO: Asosyasyon peyizan pou chanje Vizaj Ravin Olya (Peasants Organization to Change the Image of Ravin Olya)
AGPK: Asosyasyon Gwoupman Peyizan Kanpèch (Peasants Group Association of Kanpèch)
APEAG - Asosyasyon Plantè ak Elvè Akil Gwomon (Association of Planters and Breeders in Gwomon)
The selection process was a bit more complex up north due to the large numbers of members that each organization had. Only 25 members from each would be selected to receive the funds, so a specific set of criteria had to be applied for it to remain fair and have the most positive impact. The members who were placed at high priority 1) were the most vulnerable and in need financially, 2) had the greatest number of dependents that they were responsible for 3) were unable to plant on land that they had already cultivated due to lack of means or 4) were experienced in planting independently along with receiving assistance from their family members as laborers in agriculture. Several meetings had to take place with the members to ensure that the selection process was being adhered to and that the beneficiaries fit the criteria.
This assistance focused in the Gwomon commune as the cultures that they normally plant are faster in producing harvest that could combat food insecurity in the area - even after the pandemic ends. At the time that this phase of the project had commenced, there was excessive rain. The organization members organized “konbit” (collectives) to work and prepare the land. Through this agricultural solidarity, they helped one another in tending to their gardens swiftly so that they would not succumb to weeds or experience any further delays. They planted sweet potatoes, yucca, okra, strain beans and 2-month beans. You are making a difference!