Photo of the Week: Farming as a Business

July 17, 2014

Melvin Estrada has more than doubled the income from his cabbage farm by adopting new techniques and selling to more lucrative markets.

Melvin Estrada is a cabbage farmer in Chagüite Grande, a small village in northern Nicaragua. He used to sell his cabbages for an average of 20 cents each, struggling to provide for his family.

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, TechnoServe helped Melvin and fellow members of the Tomatoya-Chagüite Grande cooperative increase their yields and grow higher quality produce. Melvin’s farm now uses a drip irrigation system and successive plantings, allowing him to harvest cabbage year-round to meet the demand of a national supermarket chain.

As a result of these improvements, Melvin has more than doubled his income. The extra money has helped him buy more nutritious food for his family and send his son to school. “An education is the best inheritance he can receive,” Melvin says.

Learn more about our work with the Tomatoya-Chagüite Grande cooperative.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Fair Prices for Cocoa in Tanzania

Fair Prices for Cocoa in Tanzania

A former TechnoServe Volunteer Consultant teams up with a former Program Manager to build a business and a sweeter future for thousands of Tanzanian farming families.

Small Coffee Farms, Increasing Returns in Honduras

Small Coffee Farms, Increasing Returns in Honduras

Smallholder Honduran coffee farmers are benefiting from agronomy training and direct relationships with buyers.

Innovating for Sustainable Impact in Haiti

Innovating for Sustainable Impact in Haiti

A new Harvard Business School case study about the Haiti Hope Project explores how a business approach can succeed in an environment dominated by international aid.