Community Health Worker Cooperative: Animal Husbandry Project
Project Launch: 1/11/17
The rural community of Gahengeri struggles to respond to food insecurity and lack of economic opportunity. Community health workers have concluded confronting the area's health challenges will require a nuanced approach designed to take into account the village's particular social characteristics. This project proposes the construction of a piggery to house pigs which will be acquired by a partner organization working on this project. Community health workers will distribute pigs to identified households with children suffering from malnutrition. The money and meat provided by the pigs will allow these households to obtain more food security and will reduce the incidence of malnutrition in the village.
Project Update: 6/27/17
The cooperative has hired a contractor who is building the new pig house (grant funds) and renovating the old office building to a good working order. The fence is finished and the pig housing construction will be completed within the coming week. Currently, the cooperative is in possession of 16 pigs, five of which are pregnant, and expected to deliver within the next two months. After the pigs deliver, it is expected that the cooperative will be in possession of 51-66 pigs.
“The project is moving along quickly as planned, and the community health workers are doing a great job of dealing with challenges as they arise.”
– Kelly, Peace Corps Volunteer
“I am happy with the infrastructure that they have. The fence is helping by providing a space where the pigs can go out and run in the yard without messing up the crops of the community. The CHWs are excited, they are seeing the cooperative growing. They are changing their perception on the project because they didn't believe the project would succeed, but now they are positive and they are following up. I would advice the cooperative to have a monthly or quarterly check-up to see how the pigs are being cared for, in order to avoid problems like diarrhea. I think the regular supervision to see the food, the hygiene, the medicine, etc., and documentation of the check-ups will help keep things in good condition. Also the committee for the cooperative, needs to have more trainings on the management of income and assets because it is growing.”
– Jean de Dieu, Project Leader
“I am excited to get a pig from the project. It will help me to change my life. I would like the project to grow so that the cooperative can pay the health insurance costs for its members. I am sure it will happen.”
– Consolee, Community Health Worker
“For the first pig house we had a problem with the sun shining on the pigs. We have used the remaining pieces of sheet metal to block the sun which is better for the pigs. We have four pigs who will deliver within the next month, so it will be good to have the new space for raising the baby pigs. Right now we have 16 pigs, because two have died and we sold two males. We would have more, but there was a big loss when all of the piglets died in a premature birth.”
– Nadine, Project Participant
“The biggest challenge remaining is how to save water and get clean water because the pigs require a lot of water for drinking and hygiene. The cooperative is going to start seeing income from the project after three more months.”
– Innocent, Project Participant
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