Small Rural Enterprises
Small rural enterprises enhance income-earning opportunities and empower the rural poor, particularly women.
Small scale and subsistence farm families can increase meager farm income by managing small rural enterprises. Income from a small enterprise can improve the quality of life for a farm family by helping to pay for school fees or medicine. A small rural enterprise, combined with SHARE’s agriculture training and resources/inputs can make a difference to a family and in a community.
Beneficiaries and their families engage in farming to feed the family and also manage these small rural enterprises for income from local sales.
SHARE provides skills training, business training and some inputs for small rural businesses.
SHARE’s project in Haiti provided supplies for small sustainable start up businesses. Women sell items and foods that families in their neighbourhood need daily. The profits help feed families.
Community corn mills have been a big help to reduce women’s work load and are run as small businesses by groups of women in Guatemala.
Young farmers in Honduras were given training to make watering cans, tubs, and corn storage silos. They were able to develop a small business that improved family income.
A small black smith shop and some tools for cutting tin helped a group of young men in rural Honduras make tools, horse shoes, metal tubs and silos for sale.
Pots and pans supplied by SHARE for a women’s bakery in Guatemala helped increase profits by 15%.
In El Salvador, groups of women have been trained and received pans, supplies and an oven to make and sell their baked goods.