Project Implementation Teams

These local project teams each have a long history of proven success working in their communities.  They are run by highly effective, entrepreneurial, tenacious local leaders.  They work on lean budgets with small teams of local staff and volunteers who understand the needs and traditions of the communities they serve.  They are highly ethical individuals, who were introduced to us through the global permaculture network.  They work long hours, year after year, with tremendous passion for the change they are realizing.

Masarang Foundation

Founded by Dr. Willie Smits, running 3 Village Hubs, with 8 more on the way.  They need donations to help pay for a variety of infrastructure and business development investments to support their rapid scale-out in Indonesia.

An award winning engineer and orangutan conservationist Dr. Willie Smits designed the value-added food processing micro-factory. The whole systems design was intended to provide a sustainable enterprise system for the forest dwelling indigenous communities he lives among in Indonesia, who use a portion of the profits to reforest, and protect bio-diverse peat forests currently under grave threat from the Palm Oil Industry and Logging. They can’t keep up with demand for their Arenga palm sugar. They prefer philanthropic investments or social impact investors willing to re-invest in their project sites to help further scale-out efforts.

Smits is now a key supporter of this global effort to bring his innovation to other communities around the globe.  Their team are supporting the capacity building and are sharing their patented technical Village Hub design to our numerous partners.

APAA Congo  Seeking 1 micro-factory. Democratic Republic of Congo.

APAA Congo works to support sustainable community development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With funding from EFN, APAA Congo conducted a series of workshops to improve the sustainable agricultural practices of women farmers, who make up more than 75% of farmers in the region. In addition to improving food production, workshop attendees learned how to interview and document experiences from other women in agriculture. APAA uses this information to address the needs of women in the community, a group that is often overlooked and underrepresented. See page 7

Better World Cameroon – seeking 1 micro-factory. Cameroon.

Eco-village training center, & reducing food waste, sustainable enterprise development, youth employment thru essential oil production and native species commercialization.

Camino Verde – seeking 1 micro-factory. Peru and Uganda.

Looking for support to explore native palms for super-efficient local bio-fuel option, and sustainable enterprise development to help fund their reforestation pilot in the degraded inter-continental highway and illegal gold mining impacted areas of the Amazon in Peru.  Also seeking support for their work empowering women & girls in rural Uganda.

Center for Sustainable Communities – seeking 1 micro-factory. Ghana.

Started by a broadcast journalist turned permaculture advocate.  They are using radio listening groups to train farmers in agro-ecology and permaculture in remote areas.  Now running a site based permaculture training center and offering trainings to empower female farmers and their families.

At the Center for Sustainable Communities in Ghana, a small girl holding a native mushroom, an important wild food source dwindling

Daraja Academy –  seeking 1 micro-factory. Kenya.

A boarding high school focused on leadership development for young female change agents.  Offers training in permaculture and agro-ecological farming methods for surrounding communities.

Laikipia Permaculture Center -seeking 2 micro-factories. Kenya.

Working in two remote communities with traditional nomadic Massai communities displaced by climate change.  Pastoral lands have been devastated by drought and related exotic species invasions requiring the nomads to settle and learn alternative forms of subsistence.  By developing value-added products made out of the invasive cactus fruits, the Center is financing adaptation training programs for the new farmers.  They are seeking market partners and early investment funds to employ community members in large scale land regeneration.

ICOD Action Network – seeking 1 micro-factory. Uganda.

Founded by an award winning local permaculturist and social entrepreneur who is now working with more than 200,000 farmers and community members.  Using solar powered internet training centers they train leaders from remote villages who bring the information back to their villages and pass it on to increase productivity and resilience using permaculture methods.  Also working to end gender discrimination and genital cutting. videos

La Asociacion de Productores Agropecuarios Rio Mayo Shanao (APARMASH) – seeking 1 micro-factory. Peru.

High up in the highlands, this women led cooperative focuses on reforestation, increasing productivity and value-added processing to improve the quality of their native cacao and are looking for funds to help scale-up a regional value-added hub and to expand the capacity for sacha inchi production, a high value super food to produce commercial quantities of organic seed oil.

Madjulla – seeking 2 micro-factories. The Kimberly region of northern Australia.

Living Waters is a project of 3 Aboriginal Communities in northern Australia under grave threat from multiple mining and oil extraction industries.  Looking for support for commercialization of their traditional medicinal plants and baobab.  Plan to adapt the village hub model using native species.  Working on training youth in nutrition and agro-ecology.  Working to reduce high rates of diabetes, and other nutrition related disease and high rates of suicide.

Paititi Institute – Seeking support for 1 village hub for subsistence scale food processing.

Located in the Sacred Valley of the Peru highlands, empowering indigenous communities, providing health services and support for preservation of traditional knowledge.  Looking to protect the next generation by creating an option for localized schooling.  Currently families are being torn apart as children are forced to move away from their homes to attend government schools far from their families and traditions.

Rio Muchacho Organic Farm -Seeking 1 micro-factory. Coastal Ecuador, near epicenter of devastating spring 2016 earthquake.

Looking for market partners for regeneratively grown organic turmeric, sacha inchi and passion fruit enterprises, and run a local eco-school for village children and an eco-park to educate local families on sustainable living options and run an agro-ecology training program.  Their founder also works as a certifier for the national organic certification program.

WaSamaki Ecosystems – Seeking 1 micro-factory. Trinidad.

Supporting economic development opportunities for an indigenous women’s cooperative.  Looking for training and start-up funding to build a value-added processing micro-factory to generate more profit from their organically grown local crops. Investments in increasing island food and nutrition security, and building resilience in local bio-fuel production.

Yayasan Wisnu – Indonesia, seeking 1 micro-factory. Indonesia.

Developing a community scale ridge-to-reef conservation program and a Living School program that educated local indigenous communities about the sea and work to protect and restore watershed services.