APRODEHNI – EL SALVADOR
In 2011 EPIC sponsored a visit to Honduras by Salvadoran farmers to see the work of COSECHA, another EPIC partner organization. This began a very valuable farmers-to-farmer teaching experience between people living in similar dry areas and dealing with similar problems. Without irrigation these farmers of El Salvador are unable to grow crops during the long dry season. In Honduras one farmer had invented a very inexpensive hand pump for irrigation. Hearing great stories from those who visited Honduras, APRODENI requested funds from EPIC to bring 2 men from Honduras to give a course on making hand pumps. One of these pumps is now installed and in use to irrigate a group project producing vegetables for home consumption and income. The farmers are working on pumps to take water to more distant fields. They are also studying ways to develop fish ponds for raising tilapia for family nutrition and for sale. The last few years, APRODEHNI has been participating in a Farmer To Farmer exchange with COSECHA. See more about their work by watching the video, The Farmer to Farmer Method.