World Centric + DESPRI
$63,681.00 from profits from fiscal year 2019
The top soil and land cover in the Northwest of Haiti has been decimated due to persistent charcoaling and clear-cutting, contributing to drought and falling water table, reduction of water yields, reduction of arable land, and desertification. The factors which contribute to this crisis have been further complicated by the continued socio-economic crisis in Haiti, the deepening isolation of the region, outward migration due to lack of livelihoods opportunities, and a string of natural and political disasters.
World Centric has partnered with DESPRI since 2015 to reforest the Northwest Artibonite of Haiti, utilizing 6 community-managed tree nurseries. The nurseries are each associated with women’s Self Help Groups, who are the recipients of many of the trees grown.
- 300,000 tree seedlings (moringa and fruit trees)
- 1 million moringa seeds for distribution
- Training for 500 women who are members of DESPRI’s Self Help Groups in tree care, nutrition, and leadership
- 6 villages improve sustainable land management practices
- Increase in income generation from moringa and fruit bearing trees
- Reduction in soil erosion in targeted areas of tree planting
- Increase of community understanding of environmental impact and land management
- Increase in health due to access to fresh fruit and moringa, which is very effective in treating malnutrition
- Increase in education and organization of the women participating in the Self Help Groups
A World Centric partner since 2015.
DESPRI (Développement Entreprenariat Social Production Rural Intègre) seeks to strengthen local capacities of individuals and organizations in Haiti through a participatory approach while fostering Universal values. Their current development initiatives focus on modernization of productive value-chains such as traditional salt production, and on capacity-building of leaders and entrepreneurs, formation of cooperative units of production and micro-credit, and promotion of ecological and socio-economic sustainability. DESPRI utilizes the bottom-up Self-Help Group participatory methodology to establish Entrepreneurship Incubation Centers and women’s savings-and-loans solidarity networks as the base for supporting innovation and transformation in vulnerable and underserved Haitian communities.
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