Sunday, November 8, 2009
Haiti Nov. 2009
Today finds me back in Haiti anticipating the multitude of meetings we have lined up with potential funders for several rabbit production projects. Herve and I have been also discussing chocolate production. He has been buying cacao beans and making chocolate bars. This last week in San Francisco I met with the staff of TCHO chocolate (www.tcho.com) and learned about the fermentation and transformation of cacao into chocolate. Someday Herve is hoping that TCHO will purchase beans from Makouti. Haiti is bustling with activity. There is a Sof'n free shampoo promotional event going on at the Roi Christophe Hotel and loads of charity workers increasing their efforts to help. The excitement is palpable. I am looking forward to visiting the rabbit projects which have been progressing nicely over the last three years. Our shipment of cage wire and water bottle nipples has cleared customs (YEAH!!!!!). This will put another 250 units in production. Several new projects are lined up just awaiting final budget revisions and launching. I am finding that our American obsession with paperwork is not an easily transferable skill. The good news is that it has showed us that in Quartier Morin the rabbit producers have increased the number of rabbits per producer by 300% since 2.5 years ago. The rabbits are healthier too. All we need is more Farmer to Farmer rabbit volunteers. Soon I hope to have a power point available on the project.