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Above: Coffee nurseries at the COSAHEC Co-operative, Carice.

Left: View of Carice area
The 2 shelters built by COSAHEC: women getting ready for the market day..   Zilma School, Mont Organisé: pupils in their new classrooms.
Plaisance area
Carice-Mont-Organisé area, Nord-Est Department

The communities of Mont-Organisé and Carice are located high in the Massifs du Nord, less than 10 kilometres from the border between Haïti and the Dominican Republic. This is the Nord-Est Department, home to the Coopérative Frères Unis de Mont-Organisé (United Brothers Cooperative of Mont-Organisé) and the Coopérative Sainte Hélène de Carice Saint Helen (Cooperative of Carice).

These communities are reached only by steep and winding roads that are in a very bad condition, partly as a result of the plentiful rain that creates lush, fertile landscape that is also vulnerable to erosion.

Some facts and figures
Total operating area 10,500 hectares
Land higher than 700m 2,800 hectares
% at higher than 700m 27%
Land between 400 and 700m 5,900 hectares
% at higher than 400m 83%
Land lower than 400m 1,800 hectares