Join me and Daniella Bien-Aimé of http://bienaimepost.com/ tonight at 9PM to discuss Kasav Tayino, Nan Sole's pilot self-determining agriculture coop in Haiti.
Starting around 9:30PM, we will listen to clips from their fundraiser and information session in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, following which Jozye Ayisyen, one of the founders, will join us to take questions.
From 9 to 9:30PM, we will welcome Paul Beaubrun who could not join us last week for our opening Pawòl ak Mizik segment. We'll listen to his music and discuss being a Beaubrun, the state of mizik rasin, his tour with Lauryn Hill, his latest album and his future plans.
Listen at the player below or http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pancaribbean/2017/05/13/legacy-of-1804-nan-sole-kasav-tayino-self-determining-agriculture-in-haiti. You can also listen live only on the phone at 714-242-6119.
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Paul Beaubrun joined us from 00 to 00:30. Amazing energy!
For the rest to the show we discussed Nan Sole.
Jozye Ayisyen, a founder of Nan Sole joined to explain why he and 3 other Haitians came together to start a kasav production workshop in a remote part of Bainet.
He stressed the need to move Haitian youth away from an ethos of migration to an ethos of production. Migration leads --as in the DR and Bahamas --- to denationalization, non-documentation and hence a lack of rights for Haitians all over the Americas and a loss of dignity for migrants. Conversely the void in Haitian national production means that Haiti now imports many products it could produce itself from the DR, a place where Haitians and their descendants are routinely mistreated.
We listened to clips from their April 29th fundraiser in Brooklyn where the community pitched in for funds for machinery to meet growing demand. Fabienne Hyacynthe expounded on the genesis of the project. Mèt Bano discussed the appeal of the project to the local women who make up over half of the 10 or so producers in the workshop. Jacob Pierre-Louis, the founding member on the ground in Bainet Haiti explained how Kasav is produced, described day-to -day life in the atelye and reported overwhelming demand in the area now that word has gotten out about the kasav. He also touched on ways that the workshop has started diversifying by raising pigs (fed with the manyòk scraps) and chickens which should help produce eggs. The goal is self-sustainability for the 10 or so workers.
The project prides itself in seeking no USAID, NGO, International Agency, UN, EU or Western funds.
The cooperative is still tinkering with business and investment models and welcomes input from a variety of expertise and knowledge holders including BUT NOT LIMITED TO accountants and lawyers.
See the tweetup below for additional details.
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