We nurture Haiti's farmers so they can feed themselves and the country

We are a nonprofit, humanitarian development and disaster relief organization working in rural Haiti. We establish agricultural cooperatives farmers own and control. Cooperatives empower them to produce more and live better.

OUR PURPOSE

Haitian smallholder farmers contribute 20 % of the country’s GDP. They produce food no matter what obstacles get in their way, or challenges they must face. They are hardworking and tenacious.

Yet, due to a lack of support and in many cases utter neglect, they have been living in poverty for the past two hundred years, in villages without water, sewage, or power.

This is why we support them, invest in them, and partner with them so they can improve their living conditions and grow enough food to end hunger in Haiti.

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Agricultural Cooporatives
Jointly building five agricultural cooperatives farmers own, manage, and lead to grow a sustainable economy
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2,500 to 12,500+
Farmers and their family members directly benefit from the cooperatives
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20,000 Residents
Mitigating floods to protect 20,000 mountain residents
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Climate Change
Reducing effects of climate change by practicing reforestation and agroforestry
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Women's Equity
Promoting women’s equity to ensure social justice and build a more resilient economy
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Education
Supporting inclusive education; feeding school children; promoting civics to cultivate responsible citizenship and non-violence

Location

EcoWorks began operating in Haiti in 2009, taking root in the Lake Azueï region. Located directly east of the capital, at the border with the Dominican Republic, this region comprises the plain of Cul-de-Sac, the country’s largest lake, Azueï, and Haiti’s highest mountain range of La Selle, whose main peak is over 8,000 feet.

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Located directly east of the capital, at the border with the Dominican Republic
Lake Azueï
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Our Location
Ganthier, Thomazeau, Fond Verrettes, and Cornillon delineate the geographical scope of our Talia Farms Program and they have a total population of 120,000.

The context of working in Haiti today

Haiti is experiencing an unprecedented period of violence and disarray.  

The latest developments include a constitutional crisis: a non-functional senate, an unelected government that many consider illegitimate, a lack of governance, the assassination of a sitting president, and gangs that have taken over the capital, the supply chains, and all roads leading out of the city. They use kidnapping for ransom, rape, and murder, and attack other gangs for territorial control; hundreds have died.

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The Haitian Family
Jointly we build assets Haitian farmers own.
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47,500+
2,500 to 12,500 individuals organizing themselves intocooperatives

Talia Farms – The Core Development Program

Based on farmers’ input, we launched the Talia Farms Program, an integrated development initiative – based on EWI-farmers partnerships – for the Lake Azueï region. The purpose is to boost the local economy and reinforce it through environmental, social, and disaster relief programs to make it inclusive, integrated, and sustainable.

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The aim is to effectively address the deeply entrenched rural poverty by transferring knowledge, know-how, and resources to smallholder farming families who can drive the change towards regional economic growth.

Talia Farms – The Core Development Program

Based on farmers’ input, we launched the Talia Farms Program, an integrated development initiative – based on EWI-farmers partnerships – for the Lake Azueï region. The purpose is to boost the local economy and reinforce it through environmental, social, and disaster relief programs to make it inclusive, integrated, and sustainable.

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Key Talia Farms’ Priorities:

1. Enable to Organize

Enable smallholder farmers to organize themselves into five regional agricultural cooperatives they own and control to increase their yields and diversify their crops, improve their income and standard of living, connect them to markets, seek funding, as feasible protect them against loss and market fluctuations, and gain a powerful voice in matters vital to their well-being.

2. Education

Support education and literacy, culture, women’s equity, and youth integration and retention and working towards the day when all girls, boys, women and men in all nations across the world have finished secondary school and are educated and literate.

3. Flood Mitigation

Implement flood mitigation and topsoil regeneration to protect at-risk populations and fields, and to increase yields and quality of their crops; start the agroforestry component to provide additional environmental security, improve topsoil quality, and repair parts of the local ecology.

4. Agricultural Production

Establish a regional agricultural production hub to expand the domestic market, and open a food transformation center to manufacture products for export.

The aim is to effectively address the deeply entrenched rural poverty by transferring knowledge, know-how, and resources to smallholder farming families who can drive the change towards regional economic growth.

EWI COOPERATIVES

About Cooperatives

Cooperatives enable smallholder farmers to remain independent producers, one of their most important, non-negotiable conditions.  At the same time, members of the cooperative can decide to aggregate their agricultural production to attract bigger buyers who buy higher quantities and order more regularly, enabling farmers to plan better and become more efficient.

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Our Cooperatives

COOPERATIVE # 1 – CAMA

Upon bringing up the cooperative as a possible solution to Marre-Roseau farmers’ expressed needs and aspirations, they stated that they had never heard of a cooperative. Just eighteen months later, they owned one.

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Cooperatives Farmers

Cooperatives' Training and Projects

TRAINING

Training is at the heart of establishing a cooperative. It takes two to three years to train members and their committees to assume the full responsibility for managing a cooperative. However, from the start, members are encouraged to take over certain responsibilities and propose projects they deem to be a priority.

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Our work is divided into 4 core building blocks:

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Economy:

Economic development

Economic development driven by smallholder farmers is key to eradicating poverty.

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Environment:

Remediation and stewardship
Establish environmental remediation and stewardship as an intrinsic part of agricultural production and economic growth...

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Social Protection:

The goal of this program is...

Is to strengthen the social fabric of participating communities by supporting education, healthcare, women’s equity...

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Disaster Relief:

2010 earthquake
Hurricanes
2021 earthquake Hurricane and flooding

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EWI Disarter Relief

THE EARTHQUAKE IN 2021
On August14th, 2021, Haiti was struck by a powerful 7.2 earthquake, devastating the southwestern peninsula. The latest information indicates: that 2,200 were dead,12,000 were injured, and more than 300 were missing; close to 130,000 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged, and an estimated 700,000 people are homeless.

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Talia Farms Development PROGRAM

No one can more effectively and sustainably eliminate poverty than those who live in it. They know what they need, what they aspire to, and they are ready to do what is humanly possible to lift themselves out of this deeply entrenched and unjust situation they are forced to live in.  Talia Farms is designed to support and invest in them and their communities, and accompany them on their journey out of poverty and hunger, into wealth building and autonomy.

Our work is divided into 4 core building blocks:

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Economy:

Economic development driven by smallholder farmers is key to eradicating poverty.

Care And Love - Donate X Webflow Template

Environment:

Remediation and stewardship
Establish environmental remediation and stewardship as an intrinsic part of agricultural production and economic growth...

River And Lake Cleaning - Donate X Webflow Template

Social:

The goal of this program is to strengthen the social fabric of participating communities by supporting education, healthcare, women’s equity...

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Disaster Relief:

2010 earthquake
Hurricanes
2021 earthquake Hurricane and flooding

Changing poverty at its roots

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“EWI has made a lot for Haiti farmers, and also for our community”

What I love about EWI is that I know that every day, we are making a difference. Our farming project in Haiti is helping the community and providing jobs to Haitians. It's so rewarding to see how our project is making a change, and this makes me feel good about being part of EWI.

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Ophelie Decuir
Haiti, Nord‑Ouest
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What are the local communities saying

We have been working with EWI for the last three years. We are very happy with their services and support. They have been a reliable partner and we look forward to our continued relationship.

We Invest in Farmers to Make Their Businesses Grow