Zoranger Project Outlook

Executive Summary: This project seeks to increase the livelihoods of impoverished Haitian rural farmers in the community of Zoranger, which lies north of the capital Port-au-Prince. The project empowers rural farmers by training them in cooperative formation, poultry enterprise/agricultural techniques, and literacy. The project is set for 2 years, with potential to extend to 3 years with adequate funding. The project began in November 2014. The project seeks to assist more than 1,500 who will be part of the cooperative(s).

Phases/Project Execution

Cooperative Formation

This stage formalizes the cooperatives. Farmers in a specific communal section (i.e. Tapio) will commit to a cooperative by purchasing a share in that cooperatives - they then become a voting member for all things related to the cooperative's direction and progress. Those members then vote on a constitutive assembly (governing body), who then prepare statutes and internal regulations of the cooperatives and other necessary regulations. Committee formation is also a part of this initial process as members choose to leaders to serve in the following committees: Management, Surveillance, and Education. These three committees ensure that the cooperatives have accountability.

Productive cooperative Haiti provides extensive training to leaders and members in principles of the cooperative, democratic values, transparency and accountability, and business administration and management. Once cooperatives are established, pcH continues to walk alongside them as partners, offering coaching and reinforcement, and encouraging them to work towards their own goals.

Agricultural Development

While those in Zoranger have been farmers for many years, training in agricultural techniques give them additional skills, particularly in environmental protection processes. Subjects of training include information on organic composting, soil and water conservation, organic pest management, environmental protection, new cultivation techniques.

Poultry Training will consist of constructing chicken coops and walking through proper techniques in how to raise chicks. For many, this will be a new concept.

Literacy Advancement

Literacy training is done in a classroom setting, a pcH-built Literacy Center, that both facilitates learning and a sense of community among participants. The length of the program is is 9 months, 2 hours per day (10 hours per week). There are three levels broken up by a participants abilities. In Level I, sessions address basic knowledge in communication and mathematics. The other two levels apply the concepts learned in Level I to focus on a series of themes relating to social and economic transformation. A literacy monitor, someone chosen from community and equipped by pcH, facilitates the training.

Project in Motion - Empowerment in Motion

Once the cooperatives are formed and the techniques are in place, the cooperative and its members are off and running. Productive cooperatives Haiti coaches as things progress but it is the people of Zoranger who will be breathing life into the project and creating sustainability for their lives.