Restoring Agriculture and Investing in Sustainable Enterprises
Cleveland suffered a major accident earlier in the month. Thankfully, Cleveland came from the wreckage without injury, while his newly purchased pick-up truck was badly damage.
FARMING ABANDONED PLOT
Cleveland has taken on the farming responsibility to farm on the plot vacated by Chrisans. He is in process of preparing the plot now.
FARM PRODUCTION & SALESThe farm production and sales for RAISE during the month were very low, due to August storms. We are, however, happy to celebrate with Exford Campbell for his first major production (tomatoes).
Nov 03, 2021
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About This Project:
As a pastor and mission director, I have a passion for partnering with others to develop community to overcome the poverty they are facing. Poverty is not just a lack of physical means, but is also felt in empty social, emotional and spiritual connections
We believe that everyone deserves opportunity! Opportunity to learn, grow and provide for their families. RAISE Jamaica Ltd. provides remedial secondary education and vocational training through a collaborative effort with HEART. RAISE Jamaica Ltd. and HEART (a Jamaican Training and Human Resource Institution) currently provide students with certificate programs in agricultural practice and business training to be utilized in establishing their own micro-enterprise within RAISE. Upon completion of their certificate work, each graduate is provided the startup capital (land, tools, seeds) needed to begin their farming enterprise with RAISE.
1. Initial Investment: It all starts with a financial investment into RAISE through private individuals, churches, and organizations. Those funds support our programs, and make it possible for us to partner with local farmers. With that investment, we are able to do things like:
Train men and women on best practices in sustainable farming.Clear and prepare land in order to provide our partners with the opportunity to farm.Secure initial start seeds and tools necessary for success.Provide further consultation from trained agricultural professionals.
2. "Micro-enterprises" are then formed.
We enter into a small business partnership with farmers who have indicated an interest and have completed the necessary training. They farm a plot of land and raise some livestock in a collaborative community - and we provide support, encouragement, and training along the way.
3. The Crops and Livestock go to MARKET.
We guarantee a fair market price for the farmers, and they are able to realize the "fruits" of their labors.
Farmers retain a portion of their profits. This puts more money in their pockets, which they are able to spend providing a better way of life for their families. They often end up spending that money locally - which is a "re-investment" of those funds into the larger local economy. 10% of the profit from the enterprises is given to community projects under the direction of the "Community Advisory Board." This board, comprised of local Jamaican representatives, seeks to meet needs in the community.Remaining funds are re-invested into RAISE - and new micro-enterprise/business partnerships are empowered.
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