We are two Veterinary Medical Students studying Food Animal Production Medicine with an interest in Public Health and Food Security at the University of Pennsylvania. We are currently working with our partners, the iF Foundation, in the community of Thibeau in Nord, a rural part of northern Haiti without access to running water or electricity, with the goal of establishing a Goat Cooperative Breeding Program with an education curriculum, and a goat microlending program.
Our program will provide families in this community with goat production training and resources, empowering them to take on the role of skilled animal and public health community leaders. Eventually they will cooperatively own and manage the goat business and train subsequent families, propagating the program and ensuring its sustainability.
The name AMAR comes from our first goat microlending program in rural India with a group of widowed women, who chose to name their program "Amar" meaning "never ending cycle."
The AMAR Haiti goat program will support financial independence, provide a sustainable source of nutrition, improve Haitian goat genetics, and eventually become a novel training opportunity for veterinary students. We hope that their participation will inspire and equip them to seed additional AMAR projects throughout Haiti and eventually other parts of the developing world.