Helping marginalized farmer groups in northern Haiti achieve self sufficiency is a major priority for the iF Foundation. Through a new, innovative, agricultural program being implemented in the Dubre -Thibeau-Coronel-Grison Garde corridor, farmers will receive intensive agronomic education and training along with the economic opportunity they need to improve food security and increase farmer income.
Elyssa is no ordinary high school student. A junior at Oak Ridge High School, in El Dorado Hills, Elyssa has a passion for drawing. When she was fourteen, she had her first commission which led to other opportunities to earn money from the sale of her artwork. Elyssa was introduced to the iF Foundation by her French teacher, Kathy Colvin and decided almost immediately that she wanted to contribute the money she earned to the Haitian Pride Poultry Farm and Haitian Pride Breakfast Program.
It’s true that volunteering is part of the American culture. In Haiti, where people struggle to find employment, volunteerism is uncommon. In Thibeau, 20 local, young Haitians are volunteering their own time in support of iF Foundation projects. The group is providing critical manpower in order to support economic development in their community. The volunteers work day and night peeling yucca for the cassava factory and harvesting vegetables from a local farm used to feed area pigs, goats and rabbits
Thibeau is a rural community in northern Haiti without access to running water or electricity. This summer, the iF Foundation launched a new poultry business; Haitian Pride Poultry with two farm sites, one for layers (chickens that lay eggs) and one for broilers (chickens sold for their meat). The layer house is located in Larevoie and will initially house 300 hens, producing approximately 81,480 eggs in the first year.