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Chicken is the most common animal protein source in much of Haiti, but local production must compete with large-scale production of imported poultry. With a capital loan from Rich in Mercy, Evenson launched a model, small-scale poultry enterprise in his village to provide locally grown chickens to his neighbors and for the larger restaurant market in nearby Les Cayes. In time he hopes this business will contribute substantially to the economic recovery of Ducis and enhance the food security of the region.
In order to reach established markets in Haiti and to help other young people by creating jobs, Estevenson needed to expand his business, increasing both the efficiency and volume of production. Rich in Mercy and the Boston-based Ansara Foundation made matching grants to CAVH for the purchase of specialized equipment in neighboring Dominican Republic. Estevenson has succeeded in getting his product on the shelves of local chain markets including Giant and Compas markets!
Young Entrepreneur Launches "Milk Jam" Production and Marketing
Estvenson Stephen is an "odds-defying" youth who was among a handful of Haitian youth chosen to study sustainable agriculture and value-added small business development in Paraguay. Upon his return he began hand-processing milk into a sweetened, carmelized spread called "Konfiti de let" or "Milk Jam". He found mentors for his business at the Centre Action Volontaire Haiti (CAVH) which promotes a social-solidarity economy and specializes in mentoring young Haitians in leadership, environmental awareness, small business skills, and entrepreneurship.
Faced with chronic food shortages and protein deficiencies, Haitian import more than 70,000 tons of poultry annually. Evenson Eugene is an "odds defying" young leader in his rural community of Ducis, a village devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. After studying agronomy at the Universite Notre Dame d'Haiti (UNDH) in Les Cayes he began offering "extension services" to local farmers, encouraging increased local production and reduced dependency on importing foods - a practice that drains financial resources from local communities.
Poultry Business Contributes to Local Economy and Food Security
Small Businesses Development