I recently returned from Haiti, where I traveled to Grand Boulage to monitor ongoing activities in the community. We shared in the fruits of the community’s efforts quite literally, enjoying pumpkin soup, salad, and other delicious foods! I was able to observe many results of project support such as watering cans in the nursery alongside tree seedlings, healthy goats, chickens, rabbits, and kitchen gardens.
In addition to these tangible results achieved through the Feeding Families project and its collaborative partners, the longer-term, intangible outcomes are just as rewarding. One story that stands out is that of Delicame Murat, who will soon begin classes to learn to read and write. She is able to afford the tutor thanks to her earnings in rabbit production.
Another example is a producer who has become successful in her production that she now tracks animal breeding and earnings very closely with recordkeeping notebooks. The records help in management of activities. She is using the information strategically, choosing to focus more efforts on the activities which are more productive.
In general, the pride and sense of accomplishment is obvious on the faces of the people. They display their results with pride, and even when there are setbacks, the result is increased determination to overcome the problem rather than giving up. Our local project managers even describe the community members as appearing “younger” now. Their improved health, empowerment, and social status is apparent in the way they carry themselves and go about daily life. As a donor to this project, that is something I can feel good about!
Below are some photos from Grand Boulage, and you can read more on Partners of the Americas’ Farmer to Farmer blog at http://farmertofarmer.blogspot.com/2010/08/successful-micro-entrepreneurs-in-haiti.html. The blog highlights a few of the producers and the collaboration with other groups which helps make the Feeding Families project so successful. Thank you for your contribution to this project.
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