On February 22, 2019, USAID’s Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) Project awarded the Cereplus Group a partner contribution grant of $46,400 to co-finance their storage capacity as well the acquisition of a solar energy system. Cereplus Group is a small grain trader located in Petit Goâve which buys grain at harvest from small regional farmers and subsequently stores and resells either raw grains or a processed product. Their products include corn, sorghum, beans, palma christi and peanuts.
The Cereplus Group’s creation stems from the fact that at harvest time, in Haiti, grain is readily available at very low prices while at planting time, it is often rare and at very high prices. Cereplus Group’s mission is to buy grain from famers at the harvest, store and sell them on the market during the lean season.
LEVE’s grant will help them address their two major constrainta: limited storage capacity and their ability to control the quality of product going into and out of their facilities. New, modern, silos will increase their storage capacity. These silos will be coupled with a grain dryer and a moisture meter so that they will be able to better control the moisture content of grain during all the phases of the storage at their facilities. This investment will enable sales to at least double within 5 years. Consequently, the entire value chain will benefit from lower costs and overall higher revenues, with the possibility for Cereplus to create six new permanent jobs.
At the signing ceremony, the owner of Cereplus Group, Mr. Henry Claude Auguste said, “We are very pleased with this USAID grant. LEVE support will not only help us increase our storage capacity, but since we will be able to buy more grain from growers, farmers will be encouraged to increase their production capacity and generate more income for their family”.
With LEVE’s support, Cereplus Group’s project will help address one of the Government of Haiti’s (GoH) objectives to stimulate agricultural production in order to improve food security and reduce the country’s dependency on imports