Rosalina Soares, Funar village
Rosalina has 10 family members (5 male, 5 female) including 7 children. They have 3 hectares of land far away from the village (2 hours walk) where they grow coffee. They have a large house plot where they grow lemon, avocado, potato, corn, cassava, taro, banana, and mango. The only livestock they raise are chickens, but sometimes they borrow animals from family to sell for income. Her husband is injured so he cannot work so she must work hard to get income. “I need to work hard and support the family so children can go to school (primary, secondary and University)”.
Rosalina would like to open a shop but there are already many shops. She is not involved in any production or community groups but she is involved in the Alola Foundation savings scheme which started in 2017. Members pay 50c each month. If she borrows $50, $5 is taken for interest and “I can use for university expenses for my daughter”
Rosalina had heard about the Tree Planting Program and knows families that grow trees but they have received no information about it. No family or friends are involved in program. She is interested in planting trees but doesn’t know what the benefits are. They want to grow mahogany and Albizia in the 3ha of land with the coffee.
[A nursery is now established at Funar and new sites are being established with training]
This story demonstrates the importance of reaching households beyond existing networks and ensuring they have information, training and inputs.