Income Generation Project
After a comprehensive analysis of rural area development, FUSAL worked on every municipality that Libras de Amor is being developed, to increase people’s interests and goal setting. Working on teams with members of the government, volunteers, and communities, FUSAL, developed a vision towards the future, were all rural communities could develop a working force, good self-esteem, leadership, skills, and abilities to become independent merchants.
FUSAL establishes activities such as small crop cultivations and animal raising and management to establish food security.
A current project being developed by is the donation of 5 hens, a rooster, supplies to create a small chicken farm, and training to the beneficiary families. This project benefited 60 families in 2009, the cost and budget for each family is $103 USD. The purpose of the project is to benefit the most families possible, with the goal that every family who is benefited will have the responsibility to recompense another family with another five hens and a rooster. A period of six month has been established for the initial hens to reproduce offspring. Every hen (5 originally) has the capacity to reproduce 8 chickens, therefore in a period of 6 month, each beneficiary will have 40 new chickens in the chicken farm.
Consequently, the new beneficiary will have the same responsibility to give in return another 5 hens and a rooster to a new family. After the six month period in which the beneficiary family has paid off the debt to another family, each family will use the repro
ducing chickens for food supply, income generating, or helping other families. The main goal is to multiply and sustain the production of poultry in rural communities, and give the reward of 5 hens and a rooster to a new family at least once. Furthermore, FUSAL and the local agricultural promoter teaches all beneficiary families to take care of the chicken farms, and such activities contribute to formulate the development of responsibility, solidarity, effort, and commitment among them.
To help the participating families achieve the goals of the project, before and during the process of developing the chicken farms, FUSAL teaches training and animal management, including animal nutrition, prophylactic control for illnesses, and vaccinations. Additionally, each beneficiary family needs to serve as a role model to other families. With such trainings families can positively improve animal productivity and health related issues. Furthermore, training in agriculture integrates poultry production into sustainable farming systems, which protect local environment and families’ health, while providing families with food security.
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