About the Portfolio: Last Minute Christmas Gift Edition (Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe Impact Assessment)

The summary in numbers of the impact and context of Ann Rose's shop

In July of this year I was contracted by Heifer International to help them assess the impact of one of their grants. ¬†The grant was to help a local North Carolina farmer start up a butcher shop in Lansing, NC. Lansing is officially listed as a town, but could more accurately be described as a village. Its population has never quite reached 300 and currently sits at around 160, having lost 44% of its population since 1960. While it still has its fair bit of mountain charm, there just hasn’t been enough happening in Lansing¬†in recent years to keep residents sticking around. The grant from Heifer and the opening of the butcher shop has been instrumental in helping them achieve a sustainable economic recovery, though the effects may not be seen instantly.

How much, after all, can one tiny shop really do to change a community? The answer, in this case, is a little bit of everything. Continue reading