“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
Eradicating extreme poverty is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, and the main purpose of EWI’s work. Although farmers contribute significantly to Haiti’s economy, they are the poorest, often undernourished, and living in abject conditions. Poverty is a multidimensional scourge but the connective tissue is the necessity for our partners to earn a living wage. Without it, nothing can succeed long-term. This is why we focus on strengthening farmers’ ability to increase their earnings.
WHAT WE DO
In short, we put farmers in the driver’s seat.
To enable them to assume the full spectrum of their responsibilities, they receive extensive training, exposure to different methods, best practices, innovations, and technologies. We also provide continuous accompaniment, but farmers do the actual work whether it is to establish the cooperative, or run the Goat Project. Success is defined when EWI becomes obsolete, and farmers feel confident in assuming full ownership and management of the cooperative.
In addition to working on long-term development programs, we also respond to natural disasters. From the devastating 2010 earthquake (we began working in Haiti in 2009) to the seasonal hurricanes that cause flooding and landslides which destroy homes, crops and roads. Through the years, we have developed a strong bond with our local partner-communities, founded on mutual trust and respect.