History of the Goat Program
Members of the Chapel Communities and HHH formed a Goat Committee to address the purchase, raising, breeding and financial benefits of goat farming. We started by identifying five to seven leaders in each of the four chapel communities. Each leader was then given three female goats with access to a shared breeding male goat, a veterinary technician and education on proper goat management. In return, each leader is required to give six baby goats back to the committee for distribution to other community members, thus increasing the number of members participating, learning and building community with one another. At the present time, the cost of a female goat is about $45 and a large male breeding goat is about $200. It also costs $2,400 for a year of service by the veterinary technician. We are very pleased with the enthusiasm for the program.
August 2020 Goat Report
This month in Haiti:
- There were four emergency visits to Feja. Some of their goats had severe diarrhea.
- Open discussions occurred with goat farmers on best practices to feed their goats when food is less available
- Goat farmers were reminded of the importance of goat shelter especially during the rainy season.
- We discussed with new participants in the program on how to recognize that a female goat is in heat.
- Farmers in the program in Noyau have 212 goats.
- The group of Boyer has in total 114 goats.
- Farmers of Desvarieux have in total 134 goats.
- Total in the chapel community of Feja is 74.
June 2020 Goat Report
This month we visited with all goat farmers of the program in their respective communities. We worked on recruitment of new members, the payback process and addressed participants who have finished paying their debt towards the program.
Medication for goats was provided in the communities of Desvarieux and Boyer. Most participants contributed a small fee towards these medications.
There is more activity in the public markets. Farmer have had to increase goat prices. These prices are higher now comparing to the past three months due to more buyers at market, and the high prices of goods and food products at this time.