Vakon January 2012

Reimbursement

Post: Vakon

Date(s) of project: January 2nd- April 8th, 2011

Brief description of Project:

To increase the fertility of the soil and increase revenue for three different co-operatives, demonstration plots were planted with cabbage, carrots, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. The project includes three phases to phase out the volunteer over the course of the project. The first phase the volunteer and counterpart will be involved at every step from creating the nursery beds to sowing and calculating profits. The second phase the volunteer and counterpart will go with members of the co-operative to help them buy their own seeds with the profits. The co-operatives will observe the various problems with the crops and make changes as necessary during the second phase. The third phase will start after the volunteer has already left in October to grow crops for Christmas. By this point the co-operatives gardeners will be confident that they can produce the crops themselves. The diversification will help with the soil fertility and insect problems as well.

Number of people involved:

Gender/Age
Category
# of Individuals # of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers, technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24 55 3
Men over 24 21 1
Girls 15-24
Boys 15-24
Girls under 15
Boys under 15

Budget:

Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Tomato seeds 3 packets 2800 8400
Cabbage seeds 3 packets 1625 4875
Onion seeds 1 can 7000 7000
Lettuce seeds 1 can 6250 6250
Carrot seeds 3 packets 475 1425
Pepper seeds 1 can 3125 3125
Total 31075

Amount Requested: 29.650

Feedback: Overall impression of project? Anything you would have done differently? Advice for someone attempting a similar project?

The group was physically involved in every step of the project and that made them take ownership. It helped having a demonstration area for the co-operative to plant the new crops so that first phase of the project presented no finical risk. My advice is simply to make clear that the seeds will only be available once and it is up to the group to save the money or collect seeds to plant again in the future. In order to help find a market, I also recommend planning the growing period far enough in advance of holidays as vegetables sell quicker then.

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