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  1. 1. 29 UW students<br />University of Washington <br />Machuca Village, Coclé Province, Panama <br />March 20-27 2010<br />7 Panamanian families <br />1 remarkable experience<br />Presentation made by: Karthika Appiah<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />GRANJA APROS<br />Granja Apros<br />Sell to community<br />For personal consumption <br />Chicken <br />Goats<br />Farming – yucca, ….<br />Tilapia <br />7 families<br />Live in community (Machuca) <br />Work on the farm (Apros)<br />Maintain additional jobs <br />
  3. 3. Granja Apros<br />SUBSITENCE VS. INCOME<br />Farm began as source of subsistence <br />Cheaper to farm on vegetables, process own chicken, etc. <br />A communal effort from families of village <br />Each family contributes work <br />Expansion of the chicken business <br />Currently, most of the farm’s businesses are for subsistence <br />In the future, they hope to expand the farm as a source of steady income <br />
  4. 4. Panama<br />Panama City, Panama Province<br />Source of revenue: Panama Canal <br />Minimum wage: $285/month, $1.78/hr <br />Casco Viejo<br />Penonomé, Coclé Province <br /><ul><li>City closest to Machuca Village </li></ul>Machuca Village <br /><ul><li>Low standard of living
  5. 5. Poor family planning </li></li></ul><li>Machuca and UW <br />REASON FOR VISIT<br />Goal:- Provide the villagers with a tools, resources and knowledge to create a sustainable business. <br />
  6. 6. Potential Projects <br />
  7. 7. Chickens<br />SWOT ANALYSIS<br />
  8. 8. Chickens<br />SOLUTIONS<br />Buying 150 chickens<br />Expanding the coop and making it weather-proof<br /><ul><li>Buying a freezer
  9. 9. Creating a two week processing cycle</li></li></ul><li>Chickens<br />COST INFORMATION<br /><ul><li>$1900 out of the $2900 Community Investment Fund was used to expand the chicken project</li></li></ul><li>Goats<br />CURRENT SITUATION<br />Farm has 1 male goat, 2 females, and two offspring<br />Expansion limited by need to prevent inbreeding<br />Goat milk primarily used for children’s’ consumption and occasional sale<br />Farmers have training to make both cheese and yogurt<br />
  10. 10. Goats<br />SWOT ANALYSIS<br />
  11. 11. Goats<br />CONSIDERATIONS<br />Optimal number & gender of additional goats for expansion<br />Forecasted financial projections from expansion of goats over the next 3 years<br />Financial gains from expansion of goats versus chickens<br />Financial gains from expansion of goats versus kitchen remodel<br />
  12. 12. Goats<br />COST INFORMATION<br />$400 out of $2900 Community Investment Fund was used to expand goat project<br />
  13. 13. Kitchen <br />CURRENT SITUATION<br /><ul><li>Only small area for cooking
  14. 14. A roof that needs replacement
  15. 15. A cleaner, proper area for processing the chickens
  16. 16. Expansion in chicken business requires a better kitchen</li></li></ul><li>Kitchen <br />SOLUTION/COST<br />Renovate and expand the kitchen<br />Total estimated cost for total renovation = $1500<br />We gave $500<br /><ul><li>A cement expansion to the kitchen with a zinc roof
  17. 17. Steel tables for preparing chickens to sell and food to eat</li></ul>This extra space provides:<br /><ul><li>Comfort
  18. 18. Increased capacity
  19. 19. Increased labor efficiency</li></li></ul><li>Future Projects<br />
  20. 20. Future Projects<br />TRANSPORTATION <br /> 2-mile trail to the farm<br />30-minute up-hill hike to community<br />Farmers carry bags full of goods over their back<br />20 ft. river crossing at the end<br />
  21. 21. Future Projects<br />TRANSPORTATION<br />PROBLEMS<br /><ul><li>Rainy Season
  22. 22. Trail especially dangerous
  23. 23. Less trips to the community
  24. 24. More time, energy, and risk
  25. 25. Low Capacity
  26. 26. 5 lb. Carrying bags
  27. 27. 2 horses used for most transportation
  28. 28. Labor
  29. 29. 2-mile transport of goods uphill
  30. 30. 30 minutes by foot </li></li></ul><li>Future Projects<br />TRANSPORTATION<br />SOLUTIONS<br />
  31. 31. Future Projects<br />BAKERY<br />PROS<br />CONS<br />Women are formally trained bakers<br />Demand in community <br />No competition <br />Need an infrastructure that would meet food safety requirements<br />Costly<br />Break-even point could occur very long down the road<br />Unstable market<br />Adding the bakery could provide too much work for the farmers and therefore not be a sustainable operation<br /><ul><li> Would be an ideal business 5-10 years down the road
  32. 32. Dual benefit for Machucha Farm and Community</li></li></ul><li>Future Projects<br />GOATS<br />EXPANSION<br />Increased infrastructure from more capacity<br />Buying another male and female <br />Research and develop milk process<br />
  33. 33. Accounting Workshop<br />ACCOUNTING ANALYSIS<br />Goal:- Provide farmers with the knowledge and skills for efficient accounting <br />Looked through notebooks<br />Columns with amounts<br />Each commissioner had a different notebook<br /><ul><li>Asked questions of treasurer, Graciela
  34. 34. Understanding of her expectations
  35. 35. Her current frustrations
  36. 36. Communication between all members of the farm with her</li></li></ul><li>Accounting Workshop<br />OUR RECOMMENDATIONS <br /><ul><li>Streamlining the process: Purchases – Commissioner – Graciela</li></ul>More thorough documentation<br />Consolidation of books by animal, revenues and expenses<br />Describing costs <br />Calculating profits<br />On a per pound basis<br />Knowledge of profit level<br />
  37. 37. Marketing Workshop<br />
  38. 38. Marketing Workshop<br />
  39. 39. English Workshop<br />PRESENTATION<br />Goal:- Provide farmers with an interactive experience to learn English <br /><ul><li>Created set of pictures to teach vocabulary to the farmers
  40. 40. Common phrases
  41. 41. Cultural exchange
  42. 42. “Hello” in many different languages</li></li></ul><li>English Workshop<br />RESPONSE<br />Farmers were eager to learn the words and phrases we taught them<br />They took notes and were very involved<br />In the days following, a few of the farmers would try out the phrases they had learned<br />
  43. 43. Application of Classroom Learning and Knowledge<br />Applied marketing and accounting skills <br />Calculated financial projections, breakeven points, and profit forecasts<br /><ul><li>Communicated in Spanish
  44. 44. Strengthened teamwork</li></li></ul><li>Farmers’ Comments on Their Experience<br />First, nervous and anxious for our arrival<br />Hopeful for the help we could give in creating a more consistent income that would allow them to send their children to school<br />Surprised and happy to see how caring, involved, and helpful we were<br />Overcome with gratitude for our contributions<br />Pleased to have made a “new family”<br />
  45. 45. Students’ Favorite Parts of the Trip<br />Cultural Interaction<br />Exploring Panama City<br />Enjoying Delicious Food<br />Learning about and spending time on the Machuca Farm<br />Helping Others/ Making a Difference<br />
  46. 46. Most Powerful Experiences of the Trip<br /><ul><li>Power we, as students, have in helping those less fortunate than ourselves
  47. 47. Dedication of farmers </li></ul>Lives, aspirations, and cultural values of the farmers<br />Education is important yet unaffordable<br />
  48. 48. “It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I have never felt so connected with a group of students than I did on the trip. I met some amazing people and had the time of my life while helping others.”<br />“Everyone should do it.”<br />“This trip was an excellent balance between a fun spring break vacation and a meaningful academic excursion. It was a fun and rewarding learning experience.”<br />Students’ Overall Experience<br />
  49. 49. Students gave a resounding:<br />DEFINITELY!<br />Would You Recommend this Trip to Other Students?<br />
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