In January the Societe de Management, de Développement et Services (SOMADES) received a Zafen loan for their farmer training and crop diversification project.
Since then, the owner has rented farmland and bought an irrigation pump. Then he enclosed the land to prevent animals from coming to eat the crops and planted diverse crops - banana plantlets, papayas, hot peppers, okra, cabbage, and sweet potatoes after hiring about 6 men to plow the land.
Once the farm got up and running, he hired three full time employees, two to work in the morning and a watchman at night. The first crops were sold to “Ti machann” (local vendors) at reasonable prices so that they could resell them at market for profit.
We’re very excited about the success of this project so far. It’s good for the land and great for the local economy. Take a look at some before and after pictures of the farm.