BENEFITING: Food For The Poor, Inc.
Jamaica is a beautiful place to visit, but unless you're rich you really wouldn't want to live there. It's still a dirt poor country. Out in the rural area of south Manchester where I live, rainfall is scarce, droughts are frequent and the people are broke and hungry. One crop that will grow well even in dry weather is the yuca or sweet cassava root. It is now being used instead of hops by a large brewery company in Jamaica. If a poor farmer can get one acre of land plowed to plant this vegetable, he can sell his first crop for $15,000 U.S. This is more money than most Jamaicans have ever seen at one time. It will be enough to raise an entire family of six people out of poverty. The biggest expense is the plowing. I have a group of four hundred farmers seeking my help. Help me buy them a plowing tractor for $15, 000 U.S., to help them help themselves for years to come.