The Shark Bay Community Butchery
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The Shark Bay community of East Santo consists of 1000 people in eight villages. Community members rely almost entirely on coconuts and cattle for their income. Normally, villagers bring their product into town and sell them to exporters. After selling their coconuts and cattle they turn around and purchase canned meat. Canned meat offers a less nutritious and small source of protein, with an added by-product of litter - tin cans - a significant problem on a small tropical Island. A local organization, the Shark Bay Section of East Santo want to start a community butchery. By purchasing villagers' cattle, butchering them, then scaling and freezing the meat, for resale to the community, the project will generate income for the butchery, for individual cattle farmers and for two butchers. The project will also provide fresh local meats, as an alternative to imported canned meat and fish. Creating butchery will increase the community's capacity for food security and nutrition as well as, generating income. Shark Bay Section of East Santo is requesting funds to assist them in purchasing and shipping a kerosene-fueled freezer, two scales, and a meat grinder. Kerosene-fueled freezers have been successfully used in Vanuatu. The freezer will also be used for other income generating activities, including selling ice, juice, soda, and possibly milk and other dairy products. The community will provide the materials and labor to construct the butchery, supply some basic tools, and they will donate the first cow to be butchered. Additionally, the senor Livestock Officer for Santo has committed the resources of the Vanuatu Quarantine and Inspection Services Department to train the butchers and consult on setting up the butchery.