Les Cayes and the surrounding communities are impoverished peri/rural communities which have no access to clean water, electricity, and no school or health care. Many families live off less than a dollar a day. Many women in the community are illiterate and have no access to schooling. There are little to no employment opportunities outside of selling food and other products in the market; farming is difficult due to lack of access to water, tools, funds and the importation of nearly everything.
WGEF and HAC together will provide cooperative farmers the the skills and tools needed to engage in successful agriculture projects, increasing food security in communities.Through agro/microfinance & leadership development initiatives, women and men will be able to create their own opportunities and CSO's. Families and communities are directly strengthened by empowering citizens helping them become leaders, and moving their communities forward.
Focusing on community based agriculture and women's leadership development, will enable Haitians to advocate for themselves and communities, increase food security at the household level and determine their own futures. Our program creates a different paradigm than traditional NGO's which have continue to fail Haiti by ignoring Haitians voices, working with civil society organizations, and addressing the lack of agriculture and food insecurity, which can only be solved by local ag initiatives.