Oct 182010

The initiative of formally processing homemade fruits and vegetable preserves was initially financed by the local city council and was a response to an increase of homemade bottled foods in the city by low income families, mostly women, who had been affected by the economic crisis. The project was based on a participatory approach and provided training and workshops for the participants who eventually formed a separate organization. The organization created a collective fund to buy the jars and other products, established collaborative forms of commercialization, formed links with other institutions, and participated in national and international seminars. This experience became a model for similar projects in at least another 4 localities.
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