Barceló Foundation has paid for the building of a grain mill in the area of Saint-Jean-du Sud (Haiti), in order to reduce the workload of women and children, who had to travel between 25 and 30 km (10 hours- daily) to grind grain in the nearest mill. They had to travel 25 to 30 km – 10 hours – every day to grind grain at the nearest mill. If the grain is ground by hand, it would take five hours to grind eight kilograms of grain.
“The mill is open from Monday to Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and thanks to the time saved by the women in the preparation of the food, their daughters can attend classes, something that did not happen before because they stayed behind to help their mothers,” explained the Barceló Foundation’s projects department.
Thus, around 4.500 kilos of seeds are milled each month and the profits obtained from the use of the mill go to UCAD, in order to have funds available if the mill was breakdown or the need to purchase a new mill.
In addition to contributing to improving the quality of life of the women and the schooling of their daughters and reaching nearly 3.000 beneficiaries, the building of the mill has also had a positive impact on the population of the area: severe famine has been reduced and has been increased the local agricultural production.