In 2011, Robin Brumfield, professor of farm management at Rutgers University, took the Annie’s Project idea to Turkey as part of her sabbatical leave. There, it is known as Suzanne’s Project, the result of a feasibility study and changing the program to fit Turkish conditions. Since many small farmers grow the same crops, they included technical topics and added computer training.
“I was asked to take it to Guyana,” Brumfield said. There, they have at least two women who have built successful small businesses. The Facebook page for Suzanne’s Project is at https://www.facebook.com/suzannesproject. Suzanne, by the way, is Brumfield’s daughter’s name…chosen to honor young Turkish women with bright futures.
The women in New Jersey and the women in Turkey want to visit each other. “We have been looking into ways to make that happen,” Brumfield said.