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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Panama Program Update - Spring 2011

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Although it is SHI’s smallest program, the SHI-Panama team and participants continue to have a broad impact and achieve impressive goals.  Since July 2010, participants have continued their local and regional commercialization of crops, selling 28 types of fruits and vegetables (plantains, cassava, ceylon or tropical spinach and more).  This new income has far exceeded the average typical income of the families.  Nearly half of SHI-Panama’s participant families are active in small rural bank programs, and have received over $2,800 in loans, generally used for agricultural investments, home improvement, education or health care.

Families have newly cultivated nearly 20 acres with organic and sustainable techniques. They have been applying a mixture of homemade products including biofertilizer (fermented cow manure, molasses and urine), efficient microorganisms and  bocashi. The success of these products, including increased crop yields, and their recipe of local resources is another guarantee that families can be self-sufficient and save money that was previously allocated for the purchase of  agro-chemicals.

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"SHI is our favorite organization to support. They are well run and have a grounded, workable knowledge of what can be done to help improve the lives of those they serve. In fact they serve us all. The impact of their work affects not only farmers in Central America, but also their families, communities, countries, and ultimately it plays it's part in the sustainability of our global ecosystem. SHI thinks globally, acts locally. Their hearts are in the right place. Please support them if you can."

~ Melinda & Kevin, SHI Supporters