We are helping 60 subsistence farmers collect specific Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) and linking them to buyers for further processing.
Before, the farmers did not see an opportunity to engage in commercial scale marketing or realize the potential for increased household income. The buyers were importing similar products without reaching out to local sources due to lack of a middleman to navigate the business relationship.
Just Hope International was able to facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship between the farmers and the factory.
Now, the farmers will earn a supplemental income of at least $75 each per year. They are now more aware of protecting the forest from deforestation.