Glaring deforestation in Haiti is visible from a vista in the Dominican Republic. The community of Tilori is visible snaking up a valley mid-photo.
Fruits and fuels sold at Tilori’s Saturday market are all imported from the Dominican Republic. That will change when the trees in the family agroforestry garden project mature.
Ana Carrasco, project coordinator from the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of the Environment, meets with project beneficiary Acne THILONORD
Francisco Nunez, the Conservancy’s Tilori project manager, has witnessed positive changes in the community since the initiation of the agroforestry and alternative cooking projects.
Issonet CHARLOT, a Haitian field technician working for the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of the Environment, shown in a project nursery, provides ongoing technical assistance for families in the agroforestry project.
Once mature, fruit trees in the agroforestry gardens will provide families with soursops, tamarinds, oranges, breadfruit, mangos, cashews and avocados for consumption and sale.
Already laboring to keep their agroforestry gardens free of weeds and pests, some families have planted beans and peas among the trees to provide additional nutritious food.
School teacher Supreme ELDAMAN (in pink) and Marianetta ELVEUS demonstrate solar cooking.
A healthy vegetable dish is cooked in a solar oven.
Energy efficient StoveTec stoves, designed to use very little fuel wood, are used for cooking when there is no sun.
Thanks to the projects, Tilori residents like Deriviere TILINOR have hope for a better future.