Poverty is not a commodity for sale. At Bolaven Farms, we believe in sowing the seeds of hope. By training resident farmers our Integrated Organic System and making credit available to qualifying graduates, farmers are empowered to break the cycle of poverty, one family at a time. In the words of Gilbert Suico, Managing and Teaching Agriculturist, Bolaven Farms: “Our resident farmers could become proud land owners with productive family farms. Their hope is our joy”
What the poor want is not aid, but jobs - real jobs, not subsidized ones. This is the dignity and self-reliance we are equally created for. Embracing this revealed desire of the poor, Bolaven Farms is committed to labor with our Resident Farmers, to put an end to poverty, one family at a time.
Our Resident Farmers receive the following program during the two-year term at Bolaven Farms:
- Employment with housing and meals for the whole family, plus a wage
- On-the-job training in our Integrated Organic Farming system
- 30% contribution to medical bills
- Upon graduation, farmers qualify for a loan to establish a 7 acre family farm or graduate to become our contract farmers.