Tilapia Farm in Central Plateau

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Tilapia fish farm employees

In January 2015 breeder fish and fingerlings were placed in 6 basins and 10 floating cages to produce 50,000lbs of fish. Located in Savanne Perdue, La Hoye, Central Plateau, an area with extreme potential but without government services such as electricity and sewer systems.

VFHI’s long-term goal is to become an economic hub creating stability with a hybrid approach tackling economic and psychological effects of poverty. VFHI partnered with a vocational school run by Zanmi Agrikol, the agricultural arm of Partners in Health, to construct the administrative offices of the farm.

In March 2014, VFHI completed a baseline survey of 389 households. The direst non-financial needs are literacy, clean water, latrines, and medical services.

Survey Highlights  

  • 226 households lack access to latrines and utilize the woods.
  • 96 households use untreated lake water as drinking source
  • 273 households have fertile land but 118 do not use due to financial constraints
  • Of 995 adults, only 579 are employed, only 65 in the formal sector.

VFHI projects a yearly cash flow of $200,000 into the local economy by the third year of operation. VFHI plans to contract mothers in the area as resellers of the fish. Given, the dire circumstances of ultra-poverty, these women are ill- prepared to be resellers.

VFHI will partner again with Fonkoze to launch the proven poverty alleviation program for the ultra-poor providing them a latrine, water purifier, and business training. Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) or “Pathway to a better life” costs $1,500 per family our goal is to fund 150 families with $225,000.    

We ask for your generosity, to support Haitian families.

Please make checks payable to:

Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative
c/o Congregation of the Mission
500 East Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Thank you for your kind support.