Community leaders drawing map of PiquinaniThe municipality of Sica Sica and Senasba (branch of the Ministry of Water and Environment which supports community projects with the aim of sustainability) are working on training of the water committee through community social development. This committee will also head up the greenhouses.

Some food products that are essentials for the children will be cultivated thanks to the greenhouses.  Through the improvement of their nutrition the children will improve their ability to learn. Not only will the children benefit from a better nutrition, but in general, the access to a wider variety of food will improve the people’s health and increase the community’s ability to work.

The greenhouses will also give the community the opportunity to learn how to cultivate new food products and extend their offer when selling the products at market places. New cultivation techniques will have to be learned and the community will have to reorganize itself in order to guarantee a long-term project success.

One goal is that with economic and other resources available locally, the families will be able to continue living in the community rather than migrating to other towns or cities.

The community has already tried to cultivate some new crops but this has not been as successful as expected due to poor climatic conditions. They stopped trying after many attempts.

The first task will be to do a cost/benefit analysis to determine whether or not greenhouses would significantly improve production. Also, the production with greenhouses will be further improved if there is the potential for irrigation. This would include assessing the heath of the current water system and whether or not it can be improved/expanded to allow for irrigation as well. The community has been doing a good job of maintaining their current water system as best they know how, but to sustainably expand it they would need technical advice and assistance.

Also, each family can pay a portion of the cost of their greenhouses, as well as providing adobes or other local materials, but having the financial and technical contribution of EIA will make these improvements possible

If a family cannot pay the 5% and collect the local materials for their greenhouse, the community can help the family. However, each family will have to put in at least a little bit, otherwise it shows that they do not have enough interest to maintain and make full use of a greenhouse.

This project will improve the nutrition of everyone in the community, and will improve the cognitive ability of young children. The extra vegetables that are not needed for the family can be sold to nearby communities, and will generate extra income for the families of Piquiñani. This opens up more options for schooling and further economic opportunities.

Having a project that involves all the families, and in which the families help each other in turns, will increase the communal sense of the community.