We envision communities of small-holder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs flourishing with a biblical worldview.
We design practical training to confront false ideas that preclude abundant life. As co-learners, we find and work with key community influencers, empowering people to address root causes of all forms of poverty.
1. Servant Leadership – Leading staff to grow spiritually, intellectually, relationally, and in occupational capacity. We encourage them to grow past us in these areas.
2. Empowerment – We strive to empower people to embrace the tools for change, specifically to live abundant lives. While we provide teaching to facilitate empowerment, individuals must take ownership of the development process.
3. Accountability – We purpose to have accountability in place for everyone throughout our organization, to those above us, to staff below us, and to the people we are working with. While we are accountable to donors, we do not allow donor preferences to steer the organization. Accountability includes integrity and honesty which are the foundation of trust and meaningful relationships. Program accountability is based on S.M.A.R.T. goals.
4. Simplicity – We keep teaching, programs, and administration efficient and non-complicated; moving from simple to complex as we and they are ready to advance; maintaining as light a footprint as is reasonable to minimize a program’s dependency on administrative and logistic supports. It also means that we are willing to start, without having a perfect program or teaching.
5. Teamwork – We value the contribution of each person. Being part of a team empowers, provides needed support, and protection. It also offers pooled wisdom. It is here, too, that we find the concept of bottom-up administration. We vet potential staff for this ability to be a team player (5 Dysfunctions…). Teamwork is a key to our success.
6. Humility – It includes the importance of using local language, understanding local culture, and contextualizing the teaching in locally relevant ways. It means ridding ourselves of cultural pride, power, privilege, and preference so that we are learners, coming as servants to the culture. It is the opposite of having a god-complex.
7. Listen Loudly – Listening carefully to staff, farmers, savings clients, and other trusted local advisors. True listening means that we care about the person speaking and value what they have to say.
8. Continuous Learning – This implies a learner's posture that we never outgrow. It is what we expect from ourselves, each other, and every one of our staff.
Terrafina was formed in 2021 by Pete, Clint, Andy, Mike, and Gerry. Most had worked with other missions in Haiti, before coming on with the SALT program which was under Gospel to Haiti at the time. Terrafina was formed to run the SALT and Agri-Plus programs in Haiti.
We are 501c3 non-profit. We receive funding from SALT and from private donations.