"Thanks for the thoughts Mike M., and the website, and ongoing work on stoves. I heard a story of someone who planted fruit trees in Haiti. They later returned and discovered that the fruit trees had been turned into charcoal for cooking. Ouch.
"Could these stoves be made out of Haitian clay, instead of imported metal stovepipe? That way supplying materials for the stoves could also create jobs, and foreign funding wouldn't be needed. I guess we'd need to consult with a ceramic…"
Kiva conduits tiny loans from members in the 'West' to tiny borrowers, internationally situated, for development.Perhaps they could link with microloan programs of your members organizations in Haiti. for more, see:http://www.kiva.org/partners/infoBrianP.S. Maybe microloans could fund toilet construction by community groups, or purchasing or leasing drinking water watersheds for replanting and stabilization, or capitalize replanting efforts.BCPPS:…See More
"I have been trying to find out if we can get clay in Haiti to make rocket stove fire bricks. So far I have not found a source for clay? For small amounts of rain colletion besides cisterns they could use solar still that collects morning dew, but…"
"I do worry a bit about the possibility that the vetiver monoclonal monoculture will fall victim to a disease or insect, without a ready replacement in our hands. I guess there are other similar related plants, like lemongrass, although I don't…"
"Brian, I read about the nitrogen fixing quality that grows in the plant, I do think this would be a very good crop for planting where it will grow. I still have doubts it will grow in many eroded areas that lack moisture. The reason we use vetiver…"
I'm interested in this as a reforestation crop. The peruvian edible-podded type seems like it could be seed-sown, to grow as conditions warrant, when the rains come. I understand it feeds honeybees nectar, too. Thorns could help keep goats at bay.
Posted on November 11, 2010 at 9:05am — 2 Comments
The leaf of the much beloved baobab is a staple of the savanna lands below the Sahara. In an area stretching across half the continent, this vegetable ranks among the commonest foods. Bursting into foliage a little before the rains begin, the stately trees remain green and edible until a little after the rains have ceased—often half the year. In addition, any surplus harvest can be dried, in which form, the leaves keep well even under the climatic challenges of rural Africa.… Continue
Welcome Brian, thanks for joining and your interest in Haiti Reconstruction. Am interested in learning more about Pitpit hadn't heard of this yet but will look into it when I have more time. Friend from Gris Gris is in MN now and we have a big Haiti weekend coming will try to contact you next week, Mike, Thanks for joining.