Orlando Henriquez is a farm owner/operator in the village of Monterrey, Honduras, a beautiful country village that offers little in the way of employment due to lasting destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch. Many have been forced to leave the village in search of jobs in the city.
Orlando has the skills and the land to plant a banana crop, and a buyer agreement with a company that will give best practices training to ensure a successful crop.
Our “hand up” to Orlando and to several in the village is the funding of jobs for locals to prepare the fields, plant the bananas and maintain the crop during the first cycle. After the first crop cycle (approximately 10 months), projected revenue will make the farm a self-sustaining operation that will increase household income and food security for many in the village, creating a ripple that will improve the local economy and stem the flow of workers away from the village.