Alison Vilonor Louissaint, age 51, is a smallholder farmer in Medor, one of the Raising Haiti Foundation’s 3Legs pilot communities. Medor’s twin community, Our Lady Queen of Peace church, has paid for Medor’s tree nursery program since its initiation in 2010.
Alison says that participation in the program allows him to feed his family and have crops left over to sell in the market. He is now able to send his 4 children to school, repair his home and start saving money. Before the program he made about 400 Haitian dollars per year. Last year he earned 1,000 Haitian dollars from the selling his crops and did not have to pay for seeds or tools, since he earned them by working in the tree currency program. He is thrilled that the Raising Haiti Foundation will build a farm supply store in Medor.
He and the other farmers in the community will no longer have to hike 4 hours and then take a motorcycle taxi to the nearest farm supply store, saving them a 6 hour (or more!) trip each way. He says, “We ask God to bless those who think about us in Medor. God gave you the idea to come help us. We have no gold or silver to pay for these services, which are helping us so much. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”