Enhancing Entrepreneurship of Garifuna Women

Approximately 98,000 Garífuna people live in Honduras, mostly concentrated on the North Coast. Garífuna women work as subsistence farmers and process much of the cassava they grow into a flat bread called casabe. TechnoServe is providing technical and business development assistance to ten groups of Garifuna women, representing 300 members, to improve cassava productivity and sell casabe in local and export markets. With the introduction of higher yielding cassava varieties and improved techniques, the women have more than tripled their yields. TechnoServe has also trained farmer groups in processing, value addition and marketing.