Consisting of about 60 households, Monterrey, Honduras is a beautiful country village but 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.
Our “hand up” to Orlando, a local farm owner/operator, and to several in the village is the funding of immediate jobs for locals in a 15-acre dwarf banana enterprise, for which there is a ready buyer in place. Workers have prepared the fields and planted the bananas, and are maintaining the crop during the first 10-month cycle. After the first crop cycle, projected revenue will make the farm a self-sustaining operation that will increase household income and food security for many in the village. The infusion of this income will have a ripple effect in the community, creating greater stability for its people, and stemming the flow of workers away from the village.