Buckner Mexico Community Transformation Centers provide feeding programs in several locations around the country, but Country Director Juan Carlos Millan noted the need to add food production and economic sustainability to the feeding programs to help families break out of poverty.
He and other leaders hatched an idea that was egg-xactly what families needed: teach them to start their own family gardens and chicken coops. Through this program, surplus produce and eggs are used by the family and sold in the local market to generate additional income.
In these photos, sisters Chica (grey top) and Chiquita (black top), who participate in the Mefiboset CTC programs near Oaxaca, Mexico, built a chicken coop co-op they share with other families. In addition to feeding participating families, the co-op sells their eggs to a nearby market in Oaxaca.
The pair share their progress with Buckner Mexico’s Oaxaca area director Carlos Dominguez Martinez. The co-op keeps detailed records of their production to chart their business course.
Sisters Chica and Chiquita prepare eggs for delivery to a seller at a market in nearby Oaxaca, Mexico. While Chiquita checks each egg, Chica logs numbers into an accounting ledger. In addition to providing food for their families, the coop also provides a sustainable business for the pair and other participating families.
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