You won’t believe how far the Haitian Women’s Federation has come since the “Breadfruit Project” was first launched in partnership with PWRDF back in 2020. 350+ women strong, and representing 7 distinct villages, these ladies are leading the charge for sustainable development in their communities.
The women have achieved some huge goals:
– Planting of a sustainable breadfruit tree nursery
– Construction of a processing factory
– Launch of agri-business, providing milling services for local farmers of rice, corn and other grains – now earning consistent revenue, which is reinvested back into the community
By June 2022, the first 500 breadfruit saplings were ready for distribution and sale to grow even more breadfruit! Today, the nursery produces 100-200 saplings per month.
With the support of Trees That Feed Foundation, saplings are shared with other organizations and/or sold or distributed to more local farmers to continue the fight against deforestation and food insecurity.
Over 3,000 delicious and nutritious breadfruit konparets have now been distributed in the community!
Check out the slideshow below to follow the progress from project start-up to current stage! 🙂
“The farmers will earn more profits with the product they [already] have in their gardens…The women will have more respect in the community, because we’re going to be more valuable to the community.”
—Bénicie, Haitian Women’s Federation Leader
“It will allow women to lift ourselves up from the ground.”
—Fedena, Haitian Women’s Federation Leader
“If the women don’t express themselves, nobody would know what their feelings are, what their intention is, what their opinions are about the world.”
– Renaud Thomas, Director, Rayjon Share Care Haiti
“Women’s leadership is important to me because women are the mother of humanity. Without women, life doesn’t have any sense.”
—Elida, Community Development Agent
The “Breadfruit Project” is transforming lives through:
Breadfruit is a high-yield fruit, which can be ground into flour and made into limitless nutritious foods–reducing food insecurity and increasing well-being
Training and skills (financial mgt., sustainable agriculture, business operation) is strengthening women leaders to direct future development initiatives independently
Reforestation and sustainable agricultural are helping mitigate climate change and the effects of extreme deforestation, and develop resiliency against natural disasters
Breadfruit is a pretty amazing plant. But the transformation actually comes from the women themselves.
It’s the transformational power of women putting their heads together to accomplish a goal that is producing the lasting changes in Haitian communities.
We’re standing with you, ladies!