JP helps people move from poverty to good livelihoods with sustainable agriculture and industry - providing the resources to start and the training to succeed.
Farming in sync with the ecology of the land
is a system of plant and animal production that is adapted to local climate, topography and soil, without requiring dependence on high subsidy inputs like chemical fertilizer. JP helps farmers develop dependable incomes by growing complementary plant and animal crops.
Adding value to local farm harvests builds economic wealth in rural communities
and is a key part of JP's concept of rural economic development. JP operates a processing plant and training center that transforms locally grown crops into marketable products. It buys harvested Jatropha seeds from farmers, presses them for oil, and makes products for the Haitian market. This creates demand for farm commodities and returns income to farmers. JP teaches local people the range of skills from engine mechanics to marketing that are needed to sustain the economic loop from field to consumer.
Soap and personal care products - JP makes a range of soap and personal care products, based on Jatropha oil's therapeutic and moisturizing qualities. In Haiti the public health need for soap and frequent hand-washing is very high because of endemic cholera, dysentery and infant diarrhea. There is a high level of personal hygiene in Haiti and grooming products are in demand. Frequent hand-washing is the baseline public health defense against cholera, dysentery, and infant diarrhea, but too often soap supply is lacking in schools and healthcare clinics.
Biodiesel - JP has the capability to make biodiesel from organic oils, including Jatropha oil and waste cooking oil. Biodiesel can be mixed with petroleum diesel or used by itself to operate all diesel engines. Currently, Haiti imports all of its diesel fuel for transportation, generators and agriculture, which consume the largest part of it's GNP. Haitian-grown biodiesel can and should be part of Haiti's energy supply, so that some of that money leaving the country stays in Haiti and supports its agricultural economy.