We’ve come a long way, chickens!

What a hectic few weeks it’s been! Working with Chalice, ISCA selected the seven new families who would be joining the poultry enterprise project across Terrier Rouge and Grand Bassin. The new coops were also completed ahead of schedule, thanks to the hard work of Theodore who joined us from the Chalice South site to lead the construction, as well as local carpenters Wilfrid and Fidere.

The first set of meetings we held with the new families helped me realize just how far we’ve all come along in the project. The participants, ranging from teenaged students to the elderly, had a wide variety of questions – what temperature is best for the baby chicks, how often to clean the coop, when to start selling the chickens, and many more. And in contrast to when we met up with the first set of families during my first couple of weeks in Haiti where I was eager to learn the answers to these questions as a newcomer to the project myself, I was able to help the families with their concerns, and also give them plenty of encouragement about the new challenges and opportunities they may encounter throughout the project.

Photo1The original ten families have also seen plenty of progress. When we interviewed each household on how they’ve used the income gained from the first cycle of chicken sales, answers ranged from paying for their children’s school fees, starting new business ventures, buying new livestock, and opening up bank accounts. Having gained a taste of the success that can be made from their chicken enterprises, the families are clearly eager for more – they have plans to open up a cooperative bank account to pool their resources together, to buy supplies like livestock vaccines.

We’ve come a long way indeed from November, when both the participating families and I were relative newcomers to the exciting world of poultry enterprises!

Post written by Isabelle Kim. Isabelle spent six months in Haiti as part of an internship sponsored by Global Affairs Canada