Sustainable Income Plans
At present the projects are 100% reliant on donations and fundraising. Depending on funding, as part of the next phase of The Phoenix Projects we hope to invest over £100,000 ($150,000) in sustainable income-generating plans over the next few years which will ultimately make all the projects self-sustainable financially whilst creating employment and income in the communities. The plans are predominantly managed and run by the local women.
So far 200 families now benefit from our sustainable income plans meaning their children’s secondary school, college and university costs can be sustainably covered in the future. We plan to increase this to over 300 in 2017.
If you want to get involved in any of the implementation processes on the ground, please let us know.
Please click on this link to get involved in our Seven Continent Charity Challenge #3 during 2017, raising funds and awareness for the projects and their sustainability.
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Investing in seeds, fencing, wages and fertilizer to start crop-cycles with the income reinvested into further crops, wages and the schools. This was started in 2012 in Ecuador and Perú, followed by Guatemala and Honduras in 2015.
Price vary depending on size: from £100 ($ 150).
Plan Pollo - a family will receive a certain quantity of chickens, feed and infrastructure and the income from egg sales and meat will be shared between the families and the school costs. This was started in 2014 in Guatemala and Ecuador and Honduras in 2015.
Each plan costs between £100 ($ 150) and £500 ($ 800) depending on the size and quantity of chickens.
The purchase of large weaving looms to make "cortes" (dress) in Guatemala providing employment for the local women.
Plan Tilapia (fish) involves excavating large ponds and farming fish. The fish are bought as fry and fed over the space of a few weeks; once large enough they will be sold in the local markets with proceeds being split between reinvestment into the next Plan Tilapia, the community and the school. Each plan costs £300 ($ 500) to implement.
Plan Negocio (business)
The Phoenix Projects provide local regular employment for over 60 people. Sustainable employment is critical and we aim to begin trials in the next three years, by providing seed capital to our graduating students for them to invest in their own business ideas, similar to micro-loans though with the money being paid back into the running costs of the schools and also a fund to provide further seed capital in the future. This was started in 2014 in Guatemala and Honduras and Nicaragua in 2015. Perú will start too in 2015.
Plans vary from £100 ($ 150) to £1300 ($ 2000).
Plan Moo involves investing in milking cows which are cared for and maintained by families in the school. The income generated by milk is kept by the family. The family will own the first cow after two subsequent births (the first calf is given to a new family to start the process again and the second is sold to provide income for the school) with all the income from that cow remaining in the family. This was started in 2009 in Ecuador and introduced in Guatemala in 2014.
Each cow costs £750 ($ 1000).
Plan Café was launched in Honduras in 2011 by planting hundreds of coffee bushes on land in San Rafael. A percentage of the yield will go to cover project costs and a percentage to local labour costs and maintenance of the coffee plantation.
Plan Cuy - (Guinea pigs)
Plan Cuy involves the rearing and selling of guinea pigs, to help cover secondary education costs. A cuy house has to be built first to protect the guinea pigs from the elements, with separate sections during mating. This was started in 2011 in Ecuador.