A Year of Impact: Haiti
Written by Plant With Purpose on September 8, 2015 in Annual Report
Have you seen Plant With Purpose’s latest Annual Report? Filled with stories of impact, updates on program growth, and in-country accomplishments, the report shares highlights from fiscal year 2014. We will be sharing country achievements over the next couple of weeks continuing today with the Haiti!
LED BY GUY PARAISON
Director, Floresta Ayiti
By teaching sustainable farming techniques, Plant With Purpose is combating hunger in Haiti. The 2014 Impact Evaluations show that participating households are protecting twice as much land as comparison households through composting, constructing soil conservation barriers, and planting living barriers. 118 miles of soil conservation barriers were built using rocks to anchor topsoil on steep hillside farms. More than 278,000 trees were planted to increase soil health and crop production.
The impact of these efforts is substantial. Soil amendments, erosion barriers, and trees are having an immediate and lasting impact on partnering communities and families. Participating farmer Guillaume Laurent shares, “I utilized many activities like reforestation and rock barriers to protect my farms, so that I could have a better yield to take care of my children.”
Loziana Tout Puissant says, “Compost helps me to stay healthy because it is natural, without chemicals. When more food grew on my farm, I sold some and ate some. Automatically, my economic situation improved.” Improved farms are protecting land on the barren, rocky hillsides of Haiti.
The number of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) continues to grow. Despite being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti’s 87 VSLAs have a member equity of $124,371 USD. By managing their money wisely, partnering families are improving their lives. These families are investing money in their homes, as evidenced by the increasing number of rooms in participants’ households (2014 Impact Evaluation). Plant With Purpose partnering families are sending their daughters to school at a rate of 20 percent higher than nonparticipating families. This means 228 girls attend school that would not otherwise be able to go.
The complete 2014 Annual Report is available online.