Inca Peanuts - the supernut
LOM introduced sacha inchi seeds (aka Inca Peanuts) as a new cash crop for Laotian farmers. Most people in Laos are subsistence farmers. They grow just enough rice to survive. Each year is a new battle for survival. A cash crop like sacha inchi can provide a better income and protect people from unexpected emergencies like medical expenses, and losses from natural disasters. The sacha inchi plant produces large, edible seeds rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and other substances such as vitamin E. LOM has found a good market for the sacha inchi nut. In this project LOM provides the seed and agricultural training to farmers for free. Then they buy the nuts back from the farmers. It takes about 8 months to start harvesting. Families can harvest all year and are able to earn about US$1250 which essentially doubles their annual income. It's a great sustainable solution. It enables families to raise their living standard, have cash on hand, and be able to send children to school. It also helps LOM be sustainable through their own small profit. Our donations this month will go to providing more farmers with sacha inchi seed.
THIS MONTH'S PROJECTS
Micro-loans for women
THIS MONTH'S PARTNERS
Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship - Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) runs world-class relief and development programs. BBCF and Partners International partner with communities in our "Adopt A Village" program. This program reduces disease and death. It increases incomes pr...
JKPS - India
JKPS is the organization that inspired the birth of Kutoa becaus of its world-class program to restore minor-age girls rescued from human trafficking. JKPS serves people living in extreme poverty in three states of India. Every week over 10,000 childre...
Laos Outreach Ministry
Laos Outreach Ministry (LOM) serves impoverished people in the northern mountains of Laos. Laos is one of the world's few remaining communist states and one of East Asia's poorest. Most Laotians grow just enough rice to survive and the country depends ...