Enhanced Viability of FAHIES Women’s Co-operative through the Use of Renewable Energy
Enhanced Viability of FAHIES Women’s Co-operative through the Use of Renewable Energy
The FAHIE Agricultural Women Co-operative Society (FAWCS), as the name implies, is basically a women’s group which is engaged in farming and agro-processing activities. The group’s goal is to provide value-added nutritious foods by utilizing locally produced agricultural crops, while partnering with the community and enhancing the substantive livelihoods of its members. So in effect the group was formed principally to empower and improve the livelihoods of those members. The Co-operative is involved in both farming and agro processing and to ensure a reliability of supply, the members maintain fruit tree orchards on their plots of land. The maintenance of these orchards contributes to biodiversity, conservation as well as prevention of land degradation.
The agro-processing activities are geared to prevent spoilage of raw produce not sold, preserving by means of fermentation, candying, and pasteurization and eventual conversion into new products. This activity which is normally carried out in the school’s Home Economics room or at a member’s home, helps to promote and improve the number of women who own entrepreneurial enterprise(s) via shared ownership through the cooperative structure.
The use of renewable energy to reduce green house gas emission is another area in which the group believes it can contribute to environmental sustainability through good agricultural practices. Due to the high cost and extensive use of electricity for their processing, the FAWC plans to erect solar panels and also intends to design and use a Modular unit which will help reduce members’ use of fossil fuel.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
FAHIES AGRICULTURAL WOMEN CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY COMPANY LIMITED
Country:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 46,111.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 370.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 29,077.77
Project Number:
STK/SGP/OP5/Y4/CORE/CC/14/12
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Meetings ? Members discussed the project during the regular Co-operative group meetings Workshops ? Attended Workshops on agro-procesing facilitated by the Taiwanese Agro-processors One-on-one discussions ? Individual discussions held with the members who operated on a domestic level (at private home Focus group discussions ? Aspects of the project discussed during Women’s Group focused meeting Review the draft project proposal. ? Discussion held with key leadership personnel
Capacity - Building Component
Provide technical assistant training in agro-processing, agriculture and solar heating techniques to the Fahie members Train farmers to adopt proper farming technique Specialized training in solar heating in order to transfer it to mobile solar units Develop capacity among members in basic money management, marketing etc.
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Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

50 Rawlins Height, St. Paul’s; St. Kitts W. I
St. Pauls ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Ilis Watts
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Address

Conaree Village, Conaree, St. Kitts (temporary)