We are working with a group that is growing coffee and other vegetables. Here is some background about that group. More details to come as they progress on the work.
OFAP (Women's Organization for Action), which was born on March 12, 2000 in the community of Pliche. Today it has 108 Women members.
The organization sets itself the following objectives:
. Work collaboratively to improve the economic conditions of the members;
. Helping Women Know the Rights and Duties of Society;
. Combat all forms of violence against women in society.
Organization Framework and Functioning: OFAP has a simple framework: a 9-member Steering Committee (Chairman, Vice President, Secretary, Vice Secretary, Treasurer, 2 Delegates, 2 Advisors) and 6 Commission 3 members listed at each of these locations. The organization has its members in: Piwon, Kenyan, Pliche, Are, Agan, Manso.
In the running of the Organization, members have to contribute 20.00 gds per month. Currently, the Organization has 100,000 gds in the treasury.
The Steering Committee meets monthly. The Organization's meetings, which gather the majority of members, are held every 3rd Thursday of the month. Lastly, a General Assembly is held annually to evaluate the work done in the year and plan for the coming year. Recently the Organization held elections to renew the membership of the Steering Committee. The new committee has a term of 5 years.
Members of the Organization usually carry out the following activities: Vegetable Garden - Coffee nursery and grain storage. The organization uses the money in the treasury to carry out activities that have good benefits.
OFAP works jointly with several other organizations in the area such as: ODEP (Organizational Development Agency) - OPDTM (Peasant Development Organization Three Mangoes)-
Pliche is a locality located in the South Department especially in the 4th Section of Marc Henry, Commune of the Cavalry. There are approximately 10,000 people living in the section. The distance to Pliche and Cavallon is 18 miles. In Pliche there are 5 Elementary Schools that can educate 1500 Children from different farms in the area. Children walk 50 m, 300 m, 1 km, 2 km to reach the schools. No High School is in Pliche.
The Pliche population receives health care at the Boundary, Cavalry, Lazil, Okay, Fondant, Aken, Matino, Sizean and Pleasure Hospitals. In general people walk from 30-45mn to these health centers because public transport is not always available in the area.
In the Pliche area there are 5 streams that allow the population to get water to use. These sources are called Tisous, Agan, In Mapuche, Behind the Basin, In Belize.
The economics of Pliche people are based on Breeding, Trade and Agriculture. Agriculture is the largest source of income for people living in Pliche. In this sense, the Peasants produce Beans, Corn, Coffee, Cocoa, Yams, Bananas, Fu Fu and Forest.
Pliche Area Agricultural Calendar
Crop Date Plantation Date Crop
Sweet potatoes July-August
July-August profiles. Jan
August- Sept. March- June
July-August Fev- March
Coffee March, August, Oct., Nov. August, Sept, Dec, Jan
Cocoa March, August, October, Nov.