Osette Vantile is a participant in the agricultural training course as part of our Income Generation Programme on the island of Île à Vache. Here, she tells us of the impact the programme has had for her.
My name is Osette Vantile. I am married and have six children. I live in La Fortune on Île à Vache.
I have received training in Haven’s agricultural programme. During the training, I was taught how to prepare the land and grow plants. I learnt about two crops during my training: before the training, I did not know how to plant these crops. Before, I would have planted pistache [pistachios] and corn only.
I have not planted all the crops yet, but I will do so. For example, I will plant pepper and poivron [bell pepper] now too because of the training. I have learnt many techniques from the training, like that pistache should be planted above ground and I should separate different crops.
I have found the training very good and my garden is now beautiful with crops.
The crops I produce will help me feed my children, and I can sell excess crops at the market in Madame Bernard to help send my children to school.