REEL Food: "Kombit: The Cooperative"

  • Decatur Library 215 Sycamore Street Decatur, GA, 30030 United States

Kombit: The Cooperative is an inspiring, 45-minute long documentary that tells the story of two unlikely partners and a determined community of farmers in Haiti who band together with the bootmaker, Timberland® to plant five million trees in five years while re-building a sustainable and profitable agricultural enterprise on the island. 

Once known as the richest agricultural country in the Caribbean, Haiti has been wracked by instability and natural disasters. Decades of decline have taken their toll on Haiti’s people, and today the country is 98% deforested with little of its once prosperous agricultural industry enduring. When Timberland commits to creating a sustainable intervention in Haiti that will lead to 5 million trees in 5 years, they work to find partners that understand the harsh realities of aid work but share the vision to build something sustainable.

Over the course of 5 years, we follow Timberland’s support of a nascent partnership between a Haitian agronomist and a former NGO leader that commit to empowering communities of farmers to plant millions of trees while improving their crop yields. As the end of Timberland’s financial support approaches, SFA’s leaders race to develop new markets and opportunities for Haitian farmers that will endure and ensure a sustainable, greener future.