KORE Foundation has been highlighted multiple times in local newspaper, The Tennessean, for the work that is being done in Haiti. The importance of sustainable solutions for developing nations like Haiti is becoming more apparent in the world of nonprofits. The Tennessean has also provided tips for others to help Haiti.
“Chicken farming brightens future for Haitians”
KORE Foundation has created a source of income that wasn’t available just a few years ago. Instead of gifts and handouts from Americans and other aid groups, KORE has developed a system of gifts with credit. KORE farmers are chosen out of need and must be recommended by leaders in their community. They are then given, as part of a loan, a coop, insurance, and their first cycle of chicks and corn to feed them. The farmers raise the chickens and sell them once they’ve reached full size. The proceeds from these sales enable them to pay back the loan and keep the excess for themselves. The chicken is also available for them to add much-needed protein into their diet. Farmers are trained on this credit system through PowerPoint presentations in their home. Beyond the farmers, KORE Foundation employs about 30 Haitians as staff directors and other positions.
“Aid to Haiti is needed but must be done in a way that helps”
Local Nashville groups, including KORE Foundation, are spotlighted for their work. KORE emphasizes the importance of building relationships and paying for itself with income it generates. Being somewhat self-reliant is a differing feature of KORE and enables the nonprofit to continue success.
“Want to help Haiti? Act like a tourist.”
Kore Foundation’s entire premise is to provide sustainable solutions to poverty in Haiti. This means that KORE is committed to providing more than just handouts to Haitian people. Whether it is improving conditions in orphanages (where approximately 32,000 of Haiti’s children reside) or creating jobs to bolster Haiti’s economy, efforts are made to support for the long term. The Tennessean shed light on the importance of spending money in Haiti when visiting, whether it be in shops, resorts, or restaurants.
“Haiti poultry industry still feels pain of US imports”
Trade liberalization, encouraged by the United States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has pushed Haiti to lower tariffs for some agricultural sectors to as low as 3%. Haiti imports nearly 70,900 metric tons of poultry in a year, the majority being chicken meat. Most of this chicken is the leftover dark meat, sold in frozen parts, that is significantly cheaper than birds being sold in the market or in stores in Haiti. All of this history in the poultry industry has led aid groups to revitalize chicken farming in Haiti, in hopes to decrease the number of imports and increase the purchases within Haiti. A Jamaican company, Jamaican Broilers, opened Haiti Broilers in 2011. This company employs close to 2,000 people in Jamaica and saw the possibility for expansion. In Haiti, it buys chickens from smallholder farmers that it processes for local grocery stores, restaurants, and hotels. KORE Foundation is one of Haiti Broilers leading suppliers.