Webster will provide up to 300 chickens, chicken coops, and a 4 months supply of feed to each of 400 farmers in Uganda. Farmers will be trained to raise chickens, gather and sell eggs from laying hens, and sell mature meat chickens. It is estimated that an initial farm of 100 chickens can grow to 400 chickens through proper management, providing an ongoing monthly income of up to USD equivalent $50 / month, which is self-sustaining for a family of up to 6 people.
The Webster Foundation has been supported by and working with Steve Becker’s Promise Lands Missions for 8 years, and has also been connected to Lloyd Phillips, IPF Director, for more than 5 years.
The goal is to bring in up to 20 farmers and perspective farmer in for training at one time.
These men & women will be housed at the Promise Land Missions facility for training.
The goal will be to train these farmers as successful food producers in their own region and to run successful businesses which can provide protein for many protein starved people.
Once a farmer is trained and graduates he / she have already prepared a facility on their own property or farm to receive their starter flock of chickens. Upon graduation they will be supplied with a basic starter flock of chicks and feed to begin their flock. They will have the ability and training to raise the chickens into a sustainable flock which can be used for food for the farmer and his family and can be used to provide income to the family and to the business. Once the farmer has proven that he / she has implemented the program successfully they will in turn give back 10% or a set number of chicks to Greenwave Agro so other farmers may be assisted in starting their businesses.
Training facilities, chicken holding facilities, feeders, waterers are all needed and either made from local materials or secured locally.
Knowledge and skills needed for raising poultry, and livestock are generally learned over many years, but can be passed on with a specific training program and modules.
Water and feed are needed, electricity is also needed, but is minimal. A vehicle and fuel are needed, either rented or purchased
No permits are needed. Some farmers may need assistance with board and travel to the training and assistance so they can afford to be away from their homes and families during training,
In many areas of Honduras, winter rains are so heavy that crops cannot be grown. This is particularly challenging in the communities where subsistence farming is a way of life. To overcome this challenge, Ely Urbina proposed the construction of fish ponds that would be able to provide a sustainable food source for the families of these communities.
Because Tilapia are indigenous, hardy, and fast growing, they were an easy choice for fish farming in the region. Over a period of six months, four ponds each 40 x 40 feet were dug using only hand tools. Each pond is capable of holding about 5000 fish in a self-sustaining process allowing for approximately half the fist to be harvested every six months.
A majority of the fish provide food for over 300 families. In addition, some of the fish are sold in the market to provide money to maintain the ponds.
School children, who would not normally be able to receive milk on a daily basis are able to receive this nutrition, and also other people who struggle with obtaining enough food especially in the rainy season are able to benefit from this project.
Ely Urbina (New Jerusalem Ministries) in Rio Viejo, Honduras has several milk cows that provide milk for daily consumption by school children in extreme need, but the Honduran government has also provided incentive for them, by providing a large milk container for the excess milk to be sold to the government, to be able to provide extra income to expand the business.
With donations of monies from non profits, etc. enough milk cows have been obtained to provide nutrition for quite a number of needy people.