Creating Sustainability. Restoring Dignity
The Husbandry Economic Project (HEP) is part of a holistic approach in community development in Pignon, Haiti. HEP is more than just animals, it is part of an economic development cycle to give some financial foundations for the family. This program facilitates a sustainable change in communities. We are teaching valuable life skills, providing much-needed support for growth, and investing in future generations through education. By providing families with a means to support themselves and their children, we are giving power and dignity back to families.
Who will you help?
HEP specifically targets the caregivers (parents/grandparents/primary providers) with children in the Yellow Iron School of Light preschool—a program of the RCA’s partner Many Hands 4 Haiti.
How do we do this?
The cooperative works on a family-based distribution model. Caregivers with children in our Love in Action programs are provided with livestock from our managed commercial herds. They use these animals for breeding purposes, providing them with an income and sustainable food source.
Caregivers are then able to sell successfully bred livestock back to Many Hands 4 Haiti (MH4H) which we use to feed children and parents in our education and feeding programs. MH4H pays caregivers for livestock sold, with a portion of the profits going into an education fund for their child. Funds in their Education Fund are matched by MH4H for those caregivers in our programs.
With your help, we:
- provide caregivers with a way to create a sustainable source of income for themselves
- train parents in the breeding and keeping of goats
- create education funds for children in our program, securing funds for their future education
- continue to develop our program, striving to create best practices for maximum effectiveness
The Husbandry Economic Project (HEP) is a product of the partnership between Many Hands for Haiti (MH4H) and the Reformed Church in America (RCA).