A lot of women in Honduras make plantain chips. So does Patricia. But there's something different about Patricia's plantain chips--she makes barbecue and chili-flavored chips in addition to the flavors more commonly found. With the help of a Sustainable Harvest International field trainer, Patricia is innovating on the standard business model. As she is raising two sons on her own, the income Patricia makes from her plantain chips and other delicious goods provides support to pay for her asthmatic son's medicine.
It's never too late!
“At the beginning, it was a little hard, because my father raised me to do slash-and-burn farming. Trying to change my approach was not easy,” says Lorenzo Rodriguez, a 67-year-old farmer who lives in Calle Larga, Panama. He was introduced to Sustainable Harvest International through his daughter, who also participates in our programs. His daughter invited him to come and see her gardens and he was so impressed with what he saw that he decided to try it himself. His field trainer has trained him on everything from soil conservation techniques to small business. He now grows corn, beans, sugar cane, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes and has a small orchard for household consumption. His yield is much higher than it was before he started with Sustainable Harvest International—and, he doesn’t have to destroy tropical forests in order to eat.
My how Marceda's garden grows!
In Marceda Paau’s garden in San Benito Poite, Belize you can find everything—cocoyam, sugarcane, pineapples, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, pumpkin, string beans, and more. Before she began working with Sustainable Harvest International, “I didn’t have any of this and I didn’t know how to do it,” Marceda says. Her mother passed away when Marceda was very young and at the time when the Sustainable Harvest International field trainer began offering trainings in her village, she was living with her father. A hard worker, Marceda worked tirelessly on her garden by herself until her family recognized how her hard work was paying off and decided to help her. “In every village where Sustainable Harvest International works, the concepts are spreading,” says Marceda.