Honduras Honduras Comayagua

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Implementing Organization

Church of the Brethren - GFI

Program Summary

The Honduras Comayagua program supports marginalized families living near the Cerro Azul Meambar National Park by providing them with training on improved animal management practices, nutrition, and marketing practices. Families are selected based on their poverty, access to a small amount of land to implement the animal project on, and interest. The entire family is then involved in training. After training, families receive livestock and are responsible for passing on the gift (offspring) at the end of the year. Animal management is focused on the breeding of chickens, pigs, tilapia, and in some cases, bees. With the exception of the bees, these are all used as important protein sources for the family and also provide some opportunities for generating income (both food availability and access). With the bees there is a well established local market for honey that local partner PAG has experience with. The nutrition training  is focused on incorporating families with children under the age of 2 into PAG’s community health network, and families with children under the age of five receive nutrition training. Marketing is focused on creating a community led and managed small animal producers association that cooperatively markets products.

Success Stories

Animal Raising Initiatives Bring New Opportunity

The field staff of local partner Proyecto Aldea Global has been busy giving training sessions of up to 40 hours each to 45 new program participants in six communities. They also follow up on the 46 families in seven other communities whose ventures have been up and running since 2018.

Families may choose to raise honeybees, chickens, pigs, or fish, then receive instruction on building structures like raised chicken coops, hives, tilapia ponds and pigpens to house the animals. Much attention is given to how and what to feed them and how to keep them healthy. A leader from each community receives health kits equipped with basic veterinary medicines for hens and pigs. These leaders are selected for their demonstrated leadership skills, service, honesty, and technical knowledge.

Participants learn business management principles and marketing strategies, including ways to add value to their products. For example, those who raise chickens took a course in making and selling homemade bread to generate more income now that they have a surplus of eggs.

As in many of the programs that Growing Hope supports around the world, Proyecto Aldea Global helps these communities to establish working alliances with municipal authorities for infrastructure and other support. And participants continually invite new families in by “passing on the gift” of some of the chicks, piglets, bees or fingerlings they raise.

Thanks to your generosity and support:

  • Since 2018, 90 families have benefited from income-generating projects around eggs, honey, bread, meat and fish
  • Child nutrition has improved in families with animal projects, according to an evaluation by local health posts

Honduras Comayagua Program
Led by Church of the Brethren and Local Partner Proyecto Aldea Global

Raising Small Animals for Better Nutrition, More Income

Small-animal micro-businesses are helping 60 families in 12 communities in Central Honduras reduce child malnutrition and get ahead. Training and support for raising pigs, chickens, tilapia, and honeybees allows them to produce more food and supplement what they earn from wage work on area coffee, sugarcane and cattle farms. Planting small vegetable gardens improves their overall nutritional diversity and ensures food is available for good health year-round.

Participant families are selected on the basis of need, although they must have enough land around their homes and the means to build pens, ponds and other small infrastructure to house and feed the animals and plant gardens. The families receive follow-up visits from local partner staff.

Thanks to your generosity and support

  • Families strengthen their food security by consuming the eggs, meat, fish, honey and vegetables they produce, and passing on the offspring of animals to share the benefits of better nutrition in the community
  • Malnutrition in under-five children is decreasing because of the protein and vegetables in their meals
  • Selling their products in new markets and community fairs brings in income to households of otherwise limited means

Honduras Comayagua Program
Led by Church of the Brethren and Local Partner Proyecto Aldea Global