Afe Neg Combite Conditioning Center
Haiti is a maze of half completed or inoperable development projects. Despite millions of dollars of investment, projects typically fail because they did not incorporate civil society, provide adequate training, or take into consideration the environment in which they are located. The Rapino Foundation has partnered with Afe Neg Combite (ANC), a local agricultural association in Kenscoff, to revitalize a vegetable conditioning center built by the Haitian Government and USAID. The purpose of this project was to set up a regional agricultural hub, where local farmers could sell and clean their produce. However, due to technical and training challenges the center at best only utilizes 5% of its capacity. Today, the Rapino Foundation, Afe Neg Combite and other actors are looking at ways to make the center operate at full capacity.
The Rapino Foundation has facilitated talks with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International American Development Bank (IADB) to coordinate possible interventions to rehabilitate the vegetable conditioning center at ANC and to improve commerce, transactions and access to credit for rural sectors of the Haitian economy.
In addition, to the vegetable conditioning facility, ANC runs a subsidized soup kitchen and dormitiories for women farmers.
Communal Dining Hall
ANC provides subsidized hot meals for the community twice a week. Albeit an agricultural association, ANC's work extends to many different charitable projects for the surrounding residents of Kenscoff.
Safe Dormitories for Madame Saras
Rural women typically take the produce harvested from their family's fields and bring it to market. They are called Madame Saras. These women face many dangers in transit to the central marketplace. ANC offers free and safe dormitories for these women to rest before continuing their journey.