The ACWW Project 0973 (Mongolian Greenhouse) has been fully funded.
CWC adopted ACWW Project in Common to help fund the development and building of two greenhouses in Mongolia.
Project No. 0973.
The area: is Khovd Aimag, Mongolia,
The Society: Sain Tus Center
NGO Project is: Greenhouse Development
ACWW Grant: £3,588 or $5742.04 US
(This figure includes the money to build the greenhouses plus the cost
of monitoring the project during the building process as stated in their application.)
The Sain Tus Center NGO applied to Associated Country Women of the World for funding of the development of two greenhouses for their community. The member societies of CWC voted at their area meeting in Wisconsin last September to adopt and fund this project to help families in Mongolia to ensure a longer growing season for their food. By funding this project we are helping to achieve that goal. This project is monitored throughout the process and progress reports are to be sent to ACWW each six months. These reports will then be forwarded to The USA Area President for sharing with the CWC societies. The first report, with pictures, has been received and shared to society presidents. This project can be fully funded with just a small donation of 25¢ per society member. Please help us to help the families of Khovd Aimag, Mongolia learn more about growing, processing and selling the produce that they can raise with the development and construction of these two greenhouses.
Mongolia Greenhouse Project (October 2014 Onwards): The region of Jargalant Sum in the province of Khovd, Mongolia, is a vast rural area that is extremely sparsely populated. Whilst much of this region is pastoral land, growing crops effectively in this environment can be very challenging, making it difficult for farmers to have viable livelihoods. This project, planned and run by Sain Tus Center NGO, seeks to improve the situation for 30 families in the area by constructing greenhouses in which crops can be grown effectively. The project also seeks to improve the capacity of the female farmers through a variety of financial and organizational training programs.
Training: This project has made steady progress in achieving its objectives since being granted ACWW funding in October 2014. Training on greenhouse planting programs have been ongoing, whilst training on keeping financial records, improving their organization skills, and developing business plans has been successfully completed. Some of the beneficiaries have also taken part in trade exhibitions to market their new products and connect with other small-scale businesses in the region.
Monthly Meetings: Throughout this program, the benefits of togetherness and connections have been emphasized. Monthly meetings have been organized, in which small-scale farmers have the opportunity to meet and build working relationships with other farmers and business owners. It is through establishing such formal networks that Sain Tus Center NGO hopes its beneficiaries will gain economically over the longer term, as connections will help them sell their products, learn from their peers and broaden their markets.
Greenhouses: Overall, Sain Tus Center NGO are positive about the manner in which the project plan has been implemented so far. They are on track and have faced no major hold-ups or difficulties in delivering their work. As a result, they have not had to alter any of their planned activities and are looking forward to delivering the remainder of their planned work. This work involved the purchase and installation of the two large greenhouses (which measure 6 meters by 20 meters), with full heating and irrigation systems. Whilst this is no simple task, the team is confident that they have the ability to deliver it successfully; helping to leave a lasting, positive legacy for the rural women farmers in the region.
Crops Planted: Now nothing has yet been sold, because they have started planting vegetables in March and in May they transplanted some seeds in open field (3 hectares). They will harvest some vegetables in July and August. They have planted onion, turnips, cabbages, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, carrots in greenhouses and in open field. We are expecting to harvest 2800 kg onion, 4230 kg turnips, 8480 kg cabbages, 3560 kg cucumbers, 6150 kg tomatoes, 900 kg peppers, 9.500 kg potatoes, 5600 kg carrots.
June 2015 Statistics Report: Before this project 70% of the project participants were unemployed, they had no income sources. 30 % of the project participants were planting few kind of vegetables in open field. They had no greenhouses so they had no possibility to plant onions, cabbages, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers. Mongolia is cold country so they must plant these seeds in the greenhouses from March and transplant it in May and June in open fields. It means Greenhouse Development project is great chance for them to plant more seeds and harvest more vegetables.”