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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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"I just returned from a 10-day trip to Honduras with Sustainable Harvest International. That small organization with a relatively small staff ... is doing a fantastic job helping the rural areas of Honduras diversify crops and re-forest the denuded mountains of the country. [They] demonstrated a dedication and grasp of both the problems and possible solutions that I found worthy of Nobel prize recognition. The leadership of our Smaller World Tour by an employee of SHI was first-rate. We worked, we learned, we contributed. If there is truly a way to help the impoverished developing world, SHI holds the key."

~ Margaret, Smaller World participant & SHI Supporter

 
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