Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?
Where have you learnt about the competition?
We learned about the competition from Georgina Aldana Santana, the Director of Communication for Ashoka México y Centroamérica.
Tell us about your partnerships:
We are partnered with Casa Esperanza homeless shelter San Salvador, where the first five Hope Farmers came from; and a farm in Cuscatlan where we grow. We are nearly official on partnerships with the Social Work School at the National University of El Salvador; Permacultura, a international organic agriculture NGO, center and cooperative; and Rotary International clubs in both El Salvador and the United States.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Our greatest challenges here in El Salvador are 1) Ensuring transition to self-sustainability for Hope Farmers & 2) Finding land to grow in the future. Firstly, the transition of an individual from homelessness to sustaining oneself and serving others is difficult and requires much support. Such a challenge makes the work that much more valuable. Secondly, our long term model includes obtaining a large farm for vocational therapy as a base, in addition to partnering with existing farms. Land is a premium in small El Salvador, and finding sizeable, farmable land in safe area can be a challenge.