WE BUILD SECURE LIVELIHOODS IN HAITI

 

POVERTY IS AN ECONOMIC PROBLEM, a problem of resources - of not having enough to put food on the table, to have decent housing, send children to school, or withstand disease.  Its solution is economic too, because when people can develop the resources they have - their talent, their land, and their drive for a better future -  they can gain control of their lives. 

 

PARTNER FOR PEOPLE & PLACE provides training in sustainable agriculture, forestry, industrial arts, and entrepreneurship that give people the means to develop their own economic security. We help people build secure livelihoods. Please join us.

 

Arid land transformed without irrigation to yield reliable farm income

Arid land transformed without irrigation to yield reliable farm income

To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in the eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together -
— Archibald MacLeish

More than 60 percent of Haiti's population lives in small towns and villages

More than 90 percent of families have incomes of less than $500 per year

 

WHERE YOU ARE BORN IN HAITI is  most likely where you'll live out your life and raise your family.  For more than 60% of Haiti's population that means small towns and villages.

The rural communities we serve are situated in challenging  places, but all have human and ecological resources that can build secure livelihoods.  Realizing that potential is the purpose of Partner For People & Place. Since 2008 we have been working with the people here to develop rural economies based on:

  • Local ecology

  • Local talent

  • Cultural tradition

  • Well-adapted crops

  • Sustainable farming

  • Sustainable forestry

  • Local value-added processing of crops

  • Growing and making commodities that Haiti needs

  • Small business

NORTHEAST HAITI is a hot tropical place and the people who live there are among the world's poorest.  Some live in the midst of thorny land too dry to grow food crops for half the year; others on steep mountain land difficult to farm and rapidly losing its soil and trees. All live in a place with tropical disease, frequent natural disasters and in a poor country destitute of services to help.   Most eke out the most basic of livelihoods of subsistence.  

Family income is under $500/year

63 percent of the working age population (age 10 and older) do not have employment

Life expectancy is 50 years for men, 51 for women

Healthy Life Expectancy is 44 years

Almost half of the population is younger than 18

On the positive side of the human equation there are powerful resources for positive change:

Community and family structures are strong

The population is young and energetic

People put a high value of education and learning

People are motivated by a widely held belief that the future will be better than today