hog-farming co-op for pastors
Project: Pastoral Family Hog-Farming Co-op/Business (7 families)
Date Submitted: September 9th, 2016
Solicitor: Pastoral Families (Open Arms CPH)
Location: El Tablon, Canchias, Meambar Comayagua



Project Justification: Why do you need the project?

Most of these pastoral families work in low-income communities and have limited access the financial resources necessary to support their families. This issue is compounded by the current difficult economic situation in the country.

Supervisor’s Note: Many of these pastors currently receive a monthly offering from a Sister Church in the US. As a result of discussions held between HTH and these pastors concerning how to support them financially in a more locally-sustainable fashion, these pastors presented the idea of a cooperative pig farm utilizing some of their collective expertise and experience, in addition to some HTH property that is currently unused. As this project grows and yields profit, the monthly offerings sent from the US to the pastoral families will diminish accordingly. The funds solicited will be used as a capital seed to get the project started. Following the first round of sales, the project should be self-sustaining without future injection of outside capital.

General Objective: What do you hope to achieve with the project?

To generate a sufficient income to sustain and improve the living conditions of these pastoral families.

Supervisor's Note: The co-op plans to farm hogs - starting with an initial purchase of 29 piglets that will be raised and sold as mature meat animals in addition to mating pair with which to continue production. With the sale of this first round of 29 piglets, the group will maintain additional sows with which to continue production and purchase the needed feed and medication with which to continue the business.

Development Strategies How are you planning to execute the project?

  1. Assure that all legal documents are in order.
  2. Socialize (explain and present) this project with: All of the involved pastors and their local churches, their US Sister Churches and HTH
  3. Utilize local resources like: mason, farm manager.
  4. Seek the support of: Sister Churches, local churches, beneficiaries and HTH
  5. The project will be executed under the supervision of the Department of Community Development.

Beneficiaries:  Who and how many will continually benefit from this project?

7 pastoral families: a total of 30 people. This includes the families of pastors Medardo Canales of El Zapote, Melvin Martinez of El Achiotal, Ramón Sorto of El Olvido, Daniel Orellana of El Ocote, Valerio Dias of Quebradas de Agua, and Eduar Funez of Las Lomitas in addition to the family of HTH Honduran Director Henry Alvarenga.


  1. HTH/CPH will provide property for the venture, facilities for training sessions, and transportation of materials and hogs as needed ($1340)
  2. The pastoral families will provide some material and all labor to repair, improve, and expand the existing facilities to be used in the project. ($1920)
  3. The local church will provide the initial salary for a watchman ($610)
  4. Funds for the purchase of hogs, materials for the construction of additional hog pens, and the first few months of feed and medication are requested from an outside collaborator.