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|firstname=PCV
 
|lastname=Davidson
 
|state=Kentucky
 
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|projectyear=2010
 
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===Title===
 
Community Rabbit-Rearing Project
 
  
===Purpose and Approach===
 
With global climate change affecting the farming seasons and production of crops, it is very difficult for farming communities to depend solely on their harvest of goods for sustenance and additional income. Because their family farms are not as profitable as in the past, many of the Bagurugu community members are looking for outside sources of providing for their homes.  They, however, are lacking severely in business skills needed for expanding any sort of operation above the informal level. 
 
  
The intention of the project is two-fold: to increase the general income of the participating members, but more importantly, to better equip the participants to expand their business of rabbit rearing and/or move on to other projects in which they can transfer the knowledge gained during this experience.
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Younger members of the community are the target group for this project, as they are less likely to have commitments to family members and any work outside the main family farm.  They are also extremely open to new and unproven business ventures.  The youth that have been chosen to participate are ones with an expressed interest of a future in business and they are willing to invest their time and efforts into raising rabbits as a means of income generation.  They are also able to see their participation in this project as a means of gaining useful knowledge they hope to soon practice as they enter the workforce.
 
  
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===Objective===
 
#Increase the awareness of basic business principles to community youth.
 
##Teach the participants to keep accurate records including (but not limited to): animal births & deaths, sales records, receipts and future budgets based on profit projections
 
#Increase and sustain the desire for means of alternative livelihood among all community members.
 
##To be 'successful' in the rabbit venture so that other community members might see the profits and be more willing to fund their own ventures into alternative livelihood practices.
 
  
===Action Plan===
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The project will commence with a small informational session provided by a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture (Tamale).  He will give the participants basic information on rabbit rearing and the management of the animals.  During this phase, a carpenter will be working on ten hutches (three separate compartments).  Once the hutches are complete, each participant will take one to his or her house where they will be given a buck and a doe rabbit that will immediately begin mating.  After the offspring are born, the participants will keep accurate and detailed records of their births and deaths as well as their sale or consumption by the family.  The participants are also expected to donate at least one male and one female rabbit in the future to other community members interested in starting their own business.
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#Capacity-building meeting with a representative from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
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#Purchase hutch building materials.
 
#Construction of the hutches.
 
#Introduction of rabbits to hutches and conjugal visits (the mating of rabbits).
 
#Training on record keeping and sale of rabbits.
 
  
===Budget===
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==External Links==
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.howvol How Do I Become a Volunteer?] Official US Peace Corps Website
  
Currency Exchange Rate: 1.41 Ghana Cedis = 1.00 US Dollars
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[[Category:Application process]]
 
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[[Category:Prospective volunteers]]
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|+ '''Community Contribution'''
 
|-
 
! Material
 
! Quantity
 
! Unit Cost (Cedi)
 
! Total Cost (Cedi)
 
! Total Cost (USD)
 
|-
 
|Workshop food and drink
 
| align="center" | 13 people
 
| align="center" |1.5
 
| align="center" |  19.50
 
| align="center" | 13.83
 
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|Material storage
 
| align="center" | 4 days
 
| align="center" |10
 
| align="center" |  40
 
| align="center" | 28.37
 
|-
 
|Speaking fee for Ministry of Food and Agriculture representative
 
| align="center" | 1
 
| align="center" |35
 
| align="center" |  35
 
| align="center" | 24.82
 
|-
 
|Construction labor of hutches (non-carpentry)
 
| align="center" | 40 hours
 
| align="center" |1.50/hour
 
| align="center" |  60
 
| align="center" | 42.55
 
|-
 
|Transportation of hutches from building site to community
 
| align="center" | 10 trips
 
| align="center" |3
 
| align="center" |  30
 
| align="center" | 21.28
 
|-
 
|Food and water for laborers
 
| align="center" | 60 people
 
| align="center" |1
 
| align="center" |  60
 
| align="center" | 42.55
 
|-
 
|Baby litter boxes
 
| align="center" |20
 
| align="center" |1
 
| align="center" |  20
 
| align="center" | 14.18
 
|-
 
|Project notebooks
 
| align="center" | 10
 
| align="center" |2.50
 
| align="center" |  25
 
| align="center" | 17.73
 
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|Transport of rabbits from purchase site to community
 
| align="center" | 10 litters
 
| align="center" |6
 
| align="center" |  60
 
| align="center" | 42.55
 
|-
 
|'''Total'''
 
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| align="center" | '''349.50'''
 
| align="center" | '''247.86'''
 
|}
 
 
 
 
 
{| border="1"
 
|+ '''Partnership Contribution'''
 
|-
 
! Material
 
! Quantity
 
! Unit Cost (Cedi)
 
! Total Cost (Cedi)
 
! Total Cost (USD)
 
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|1" x 3" x 15' timber
 
| align="center" |130 planks
 
| align="center" |3
 
| align="center" |  390
 
| align="center" | 276.60
 
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|Aluminum sheets
 
| align="center" | 15
 
| align="center" |7
 
| align="center" |  105
 
| align="center" | 74.47
 
|-
 
|Chicken wire
 
| align="center" | 23 square yards
 
| align="center" |2.50
 
| align="center" |  57.50
 
| align="center" | 40.78
 
|-
 
|1.5" nails
 
| align="center" | 7 pounds
 
| align="center" |1
 
| align="center" |  7
 
| align="center" | 4.96
 
|-
 
|Lock latches
 
| align="center" | 30
 
| align="center" |0.70
 
| align="center" |  21
 
| align="center" | 14.89
 
|-
 
|Hinges
 
| align="center" | 30 pairs
 
| align="center" |1
 
| align="center" |  30
 
| align="center" | 21.28
 
|-
 
|Padlocks
 
| align="center" | 30
 
| align="center" |1
 
| align="center" |  30
 
| align="center" | 21.28
 
|-
 
|Rabbits
 
| align="center" | 20
 
| align="center" |10
 
| align="center" |  200
 
| align="center" | 141.84
 
|-
 
|Transportation of materials (from timber yard to community)
 
| align="center" | 1 trip
 
| align="center" |34
 
| align="center" |  34
 
| align="center" | 24.11
 
|-
 
|Construction of hutches
 
| align="center" | 10
 
| align="center" |15
 
| align="center" |  150
 
| align="center" | 106.38
 
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|'''Total'''
 
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|
 
| align="center" | '''1,024.50'''
 
| align="center" | '''726.59'''
 
|}
 
 
 
 
 
{| border="1"
 
|+ '''Total Project Cost'''
 
|-
 
!
 
! % Contribution
 
! Total Cost (Cedi)
 
! Total Cost (USD)
 
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| Community Contribution
 
| align="center" |25
 
| align="center" |349.50
 
| align="center" |247.86
 
|-
 
| Partnership Contribution
 
| align="center" |75
 
| align="center" |1,024.50
 
| align="center" |726.59
 
|-
 
|'''Total Project Cost'''
 
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|align="center" |'''1,374'''
 
|align="center" |'''974.45'''
 
|}
 
 
 
===Additional PC Resources===
 
Rabbit-rearing Manual (IRC library)
 
 
 
===Project Reflection and Sustainability===
 
Each of the participants will be required to keep a written record of their rabbits' births and deaths, as well as the sales and the family consumption.  They will also keep a journal to track the finances with regards to the revenue and expenditure of the rabbit project.  This will teach them the importance of finding a pattern and detecting connections between sales and the time of year, in addition to seeing a direct correlation between their input and the monetary gain they will be making.  The records will be checked by the PCV or the counterpart weekly, beginning with the commencement of the project.
 

Latest revision as of 13:38, 23 August 2016

Maybe you've talked to your friends about the Peace Corps, or even attended a recruiting event. Now what do you do? How do you know if you're qualified to join the Peace Corps? And how do you go about applying?

Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer means 27 months of hard work. It takes determination, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor. And while applying to the Peace Corps is easier than being a Volunteer, the qualities that make a good Volunteer will also come in handy during the application process. Yes, applying to become a Volunteer takes some time, preparation, and effort. But as with volunteering, the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.

Here are the basics to help you get started.


Top Questions
Learn the basics about Peace Corps service. You'll find answers to some frequently asked questions plus links to more information.


Am I Qualified?
By now, you probably know that you have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Beyond these requirements, how do you know if you're qualified to become a Peace Corps Volunteer? Use our quick calculator to find out.


Steps To Applying
If you've read through this section and think you're ready to apply to become a Peace Corps Volunteer or if you have very specific questions about filling out your Peace Corps application, visit Apply Now.

See additional: Advice for applicants

External Links

How Do I Become a Volunteer? Official US Peace Corps Website