Zoranger is a rural community of 35,000 people, located about an hour’s drive north of Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and within the municipality of Croix des Bouquets. Zoranger has endured natural disasters such as hurricanes, famine, and drought in the past. Hurricane Ike in 2008 was the most recent natural disaster, causing serious damage to plantations, infrastructure, homes, and livestock. Deforestation practices for charcoal production in the 1980s have made the land here arid and difficult to farm in many patches, adding to the challenges people face. Additionally, Zoranger is disadvantaged by lack of governmental infrastructure, community services, and inherent societal infrastructure (i.e. potable water); road infrastructure is also weak, which makes it difficult to transport and receive goods for farming.
But despite these challenges, the people are motivated to change their lives for the better.