SMALL ANIMAL PROJECTS: “Producing to Grow”

“Producing to Grow” is a micro business program that provides an alternative source of income for poor families living in the Panacam National Park region and the coffee growing regions of La Libertad, Ojos de Agua and Lajas. The program provides families with training on how to manage their own chicken, pig or fish project. This includes training on constructing the proper project infrastructure, growing homemade feed for the animals, applying the corrected medications and vitamins to the animals as well as trainings on marketing so the families are able to commercialize their products.

Once a family is chosen to be part of the program, they are provided with either a pregnant pig, a brood of laying hens, or 2,000 fish fingerlings and some materials in order to build the corresponding pens. Once the beneficiary families reproduce the first female offspring these are then passed to another family in need, to repeat the process.

2013 Achievements:

  • A baseline study was conducted in 15 different communities to select 107 new beneficiary families for the current program phase carried out this year.
  • 60 new families are now responsibly managing their own pig projects.
  • 37 new families are now responsibly managing their own chicken projects.
  • 10 new families are now responsibly managing their own fish projects.
  • 555 chickens, 60 pigs and 20,000 fish fingerlings were given to 107 newly selected beneficiary families.
  • 107 beneficiary families have been trained on proper animal management, deworming and the construction and use of improved pig pens and chicken coops.
  • 107 beneficiary families have been trained on creating homemade animal feed for their animals.
  • Follow up activities are being carried out with 200 beneficiary families from previous program phases.