I'm sure it comes as no surprise that the age-old question, “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” has been tossed around the KORE conference room table a time or two. If you know much about the KORE Foundation, you know the chicken came first, but the incredible edible egg has hatched its way into the lineup in 2018! Due to a number of factors tied to the Haitian economy and imports, layers (see vocabulary box below) have become profitable for smallholder farmers. This was not the case when we began six years ago. While our broiler farmers have found a niche selling to some big domestic players in Haiti, agriculture is a fickle, and diversity is an important component for longevity.
In January 2018, KORE placed 300 layer birds in the coops of two of our farmers. They are both off to a very strong start, making great profits on more than 12,000 eggs in the first 90 days! Two more farmers have been added to the layers program more recently, and are also doing very well! (Fact: It costs $3000 to help a farmer with an existing coop start raising eggs. That covers the pullets ($10/each), cages and feed for the first month.)
What are we doing with all of these eggs, you ask?
Feeding Kids!!!!! ⅔ of kids in Haiti are malnourished. It only costs $3 per month for a child to receive an egg each day at school, and the nutrients in an egg are making a huge difference to them already! We have partnered with a school district of 39 schools in the Central Plateau with more than 10,000 kids. So far five of the schools (or 816 kids) have begun receiving an egg each day. The school administrators have shared very moving stories about how so many of their students came to school hungry each day, and are now fueled to learn thanks to the regular nutrition they receive. Additionally, parents are more likely to make school a priority if they know their child will be fed. Our goal is to expand to feed all 39 schools in this district, plus up to 30,000 more kids in surrounding schools.
Let's take this one step further… Imagine what it would do to kick-start Haiti’s economy if schools fed their kids locally sourced foods instead of subsidized, substandard imports that are shipped in. A fresh, locally grown, nutrient-rich, protein-packed egg costs $0.14. It costs $0.29 for a dehydrated meal of rice, soy and vegetables with added nutrients through a well known feeding organization. Imagine what the world would be like if we invested that $0.29 per child/person in the local economies of the people who are hungry. Imagine how many jobs that would create! Could we eventually minimize or eliminate the need for feeding programs altogether? We believe we can, and we are going to start in this region of Haiti.
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