History of MPP

Founded on March 20, 1973 in Papaye (3rd communal section of Hinche, the administrative center of the Central department, Haut Plateau Central - Haïti), the Papaye Peasant Movement is an organization of peasants whose goal is to unify all the peasants of Haïti and to gather organized rural young workers in order to promote them culturally and economically.

In 1970, a Belgian priest named Joseph BERGMANS founded, in the diocese of Hinche, a center by the name of CICAP (Center for the Catechetical and Agricultural Initiation of Papaye). In 1973, the investigative work of Chavannes JEAN-BAPTISTE, director of the sector of agriculture and family education, lead to some experiences of the peasant organization. Starting with just 2 groups of peasants, the number surpassed 39 groups in 1975. With the arrival of these later groups, it was obligatory to improve the methods of the peasant organization and to train capable individuals to educate these new groups. This was birthed in 1976, in the form of a training program for leaders and has led to what is known today under the name of the Papaye Peasant Movement.

1976 – Implementation of a savings and credit union called: SERE POU CHOFE.
1978 – Creation of a multi-sector cooperative called: KONBIT SÈVO MEN AK KÈ ANSANM (Union of minds, hearts, and hands) of which the acronym is KOSMIKA. The union started its activity around these 3 sectors:
• Storage and commercialization of agricultural products (notably corn, green beans, and millet)
• Warehouse as an agricultural input location (for farming tools, seeds, and pesticides)
• Farmers’ bank.

1979 – Founding of the movement of Young Peasant Workers (JTP) along with the leadership training of the first association of youths. JTP is then subdivided into PPJTP (Pre-school of Young Peasant Workers, for children ages 5 to 10 years old), PJTP (School of Young Peasant Workers, for children ages 10 to 15 years old), and JTP (Young Peasant Workers for youth ages 15 and older).
1981 – Founding of the Movement of Women of MPP with the establishment of the first association of Women. The movement of women focuses on defending economic, social, and cultural rights of women in general and of peasant women in particular. They seek to promote gender equality, fight against violence against women, and to develop socioeconomic skills for women.
Men, youth, and women take an integral part of the Papaye Peasant Movement and are inherent to the movement.

In the year 1990, MPP solicited and obtained the recognition of being an officially recognized non-profit organization. This recognition is published in the official newspaper of the Haitian state, the Moniteur no. 83-B from September 24th, 1990.
MPP currently a total of 4,184 groups (men, women, combined, and youths) in the Central Plateau, counting a total of 53,680 members, and it is equipped with civil and legal figures.

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