Not long ago, the simple staple crops of corn, beans, and leafy greens surrounded Enaeli Nikundwe’s modest hillside home. With little economic opportunity in their community of Mweteni, Tanzania, she and her husband earned a meager income by selling the bundles of bananas that grew on the steep slopes of their small plot of land. As a mother, Enaeli was unsure of what the future held for her children. Because they had no money to spend, school was out of the realm of possibility for her kids.
Desperate to provide a more hopeful future for his family, Enaeli’s husband joined a Plant With Purpose community-based savings group. Plant With Purpose uses these groups as a platform for other programs, and he soon received training in sustainable farming techniques. He and Enaeli decided to implement these methods on their own land. A little competition proved healthy for their marriage (and their farm!) as the two set out to see how much they could accomplish on their small plot. They terraced the sloping hillside to prevent further erosions, built up double dug garden beds, and planted large grevilles trees to line their property. Cordia trees added nitrogen to the soil, while napier grass anchored the soil and provided feed for animals.
As their farm and income grew, the Nikundwes invested in cows. Enaeli shares, “From the cows we have added a new income generating activity where we get 8 liters of milk for sale. The money we get from [selling the] milk covers family expenses.”
By implementing lessons learned from Plant With Purpose, the Nikundwe family now harvests vegetables twice a year. Banana production has doubled. By selling surplus vegetables, bananas, and milk they earn over $850 (the GNI in Tanzania is $530).
It is with excitement that Enaeli explains, “Having Plant With Purpose in our community is a blessing since it has been an eye opener to most community members … those who implement [Plant With Purpose programs] seriously, at the end of the day improve their life. With my previous income I didn’t expect to manage the costs for a university student, but with Plant With Purpose’s trainings I now see open doors for my family.”
Enaeli credits God for having enough food to eat and extra for income generation. She shares that the projects her family started brought her closer to Him. We join her in praising God that this family in Tanzania has a dream for their future.
Today is our second “Farm Friday” and we are celebrating Nelson Mandela Day. Mandela was a revolutionary, activist, president, and yes – a farmer.
On July 18, people around the world are remembering Nelson Mandela for his life spent righting wrongs, bringing about justice and reconciliation, and pointing to the hope in humanity. Along with these enduring contributions, Plant With Purpose also celebrates Mandela’s work as a gardener and cultivator of the earth. During his imprisonment in the concrete jungle of Pollsmoor he created a farm oasis, which he writes about in his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom.”
“I grew onions, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and much more. At its height I had a small farm with nearly nine hundred plants.”
The rhythm of farming creates a pattern as seasons pass and vegetables come to maturity. Tilling soil, cultivating crops, and soaking in the sun are life-giving experiences. Mandela found freedom in these ancient rhythms.
“The Bible tells us that gardens preceded gardeners, but that was not the case at Pollsmoor, where I cultivated a garden that became one of my happiest diversions. It was my way of escaping from the monolithic concrete world that surrounded us. Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission to do so from the commanding officer.
A garden was one of the few things in prison that one could control. To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it and then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction. The sense of being the custodian of this small patch of earth offered a taste of freedom.”
Life-lessons are taught in the garden. The same care it takes for a seedling to mature should be given to cultivating the seeds in our lives. Mandela’s garden in Pollsmoor is reflective of the seeds of dignity and renewal he sowed throughout his life.
“In some ways, I saw the garden as a metaphor for certain aspects of my life. A leader must also tend his garden; he, too, plants seeds, and then watches, cultivates, and harvests the results. Like the gardener, a leader must take responsibility for what he cultivates; he must mind his work, try to repel enemies, preserve what can be preserved, and eliminate what cannot succeed.”
All of us will leave a legacy. Whether it is a smile shared with the downtrodden, an investment in righting the wrongs in your community, or time spent in the garden cultivating food to share with those in need, be intentional about sowing seeds of hope in your life.
You can sow a seed today by helping a farming family change their circumstances. Join us in our goal to fund 30 family farms by the end of this year, and help impoverished families live with dignity and hope.
This blog series explores the six Core Values of Plant With Purpose: Faith, Collaboration, Stewardship, Sustainability, Empowerment, and Innovation. In this series we’ll share how these values play out across our international programs and how they inform our approach to community development.
On a rainy April afternoon, I hopped out of a four-wheel drive truck and onto a muddy road that dissected the community of Zumbador, Dominican Republic. Awaiting me was a small crew of community members sitting in a circle filling plastic bags with dirt. Each bag received a seed, the small beginnings of a future anchor for the surrounding hillsides. Once the next species of their community tree nursery had successfully been nestled into dirt, we headed up to a hillside farm together.
The large community farm was colored green by a low-growing oregano crop that grew as a ground cover. Tackling this vast expanse of reforestation is just one example of the work that Plant With Purpose’s partnering community groups, known as reforestation brigades, can accomplish. Rather than a farmer going at a task alone, community members gather and work together to plant farms and hillsides. On that rainy April afternoon, our group from California was joining them to incorporate orange trees into this agroforestry plot. Working together made the task of planting 300 trees easy. Everyone had a role. Everyone worked hard. And within a few hours, all the seedlings had been strategically planted. This sense of teamwork I experienced in the Dominican Republic hit me again today.
This afternoon, an overwhelming sense of gratitude hit me as I realized that Plant With Purpose has some really great friends! Our office was abuzz this morning as volunteers worked together to prepare a mailing for our Planting Hope Gala. My daily phone conversations, email messages, and social media posts all speak of the collaboration that has made Plant With Purpose the organization that we are today. I think about our field partners. The praises and prayers that come in every month speak to the collaboration that is taking place with other nonprofits, research institutes, government entities, churches, and schools. Collaboration has become such an integrated value for Plant With Purpose that going at something alone just doesn’t make sense.
Paul writes in Romans: “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Collaboration, working together, being a part of the body of believers continues to move Plant With Purpose forward as we pursue community development. And we are forever grateful for these partnerships that bring transformation for the rural poor.
What comes to mind when you think about farms? Images of tractors, flat cropland, fields of wheat, chickens, barns, and a farmer in overalls are typical pictures that characterize the American farm.
Farms in developing countries mean every square inch of property owned by a family which holds value in cultivating sustenance from the ground. It is the lives of these “farmers” that Plant With Purpose has seen transformed over our 30 years as an organization. These next few months we will be sharing stories of family farmers who have been impacted by Plant With Purpose starting today in Thailand.
By Brittany Raab
Education is often considered one of the surest paths out of poverty. We know that learning is not just something set within the classroom, it is an essential part of life. Jai Boonla understands this firsthand. Jai works hard to provide for his wife and four children, but can’t shake the feeling that those with a better education have more opportunities and receive higher incomes. His conclusion? Without education, life is tough.
With this in mind, Jai became motivated to seek a different direction for his life. Previously, he worked for the forestry department in Thailand and brought home the equivalent of $2.00 USD a month. The opportunity to acquire new skills presented itself to Jai in the form of Plant With Purpose workshops. Before he knew it, Jai found himself participating in every training held. He says, “The knowledge gained from the Plant With Purpose training events is the most important thing that I received, even more important than the physical possessions.” Though illiterate, Jai is now educated in animal vaccination and keeps them healthy with proper care.
But it doesn’t stop there. Jai shares this knowledge with his neighbors and helps them with their farm animals as well. He has become known as the “Plant With Purpose volunteer” that neighbors turn to whenever they are in need of know-how. Despite his elderly age, Jai has an eagerness to keep growing. He shares, “I still want to take every opportunity to learn all I can.” This is especially important as he states, “No one wants to hire you in your later years if you remain with a minimal education.” Jai is making education a priority for his children in hopes of pushing them toward a brighter future.
“The knowledge gained from the Plant With Purpose training events is the most important thing that I received, even more important than the physical possessions.”
Jai realizes that the skills Plant With Purpose teaches—such as sustainable gardening, beekeeping, and caring for farm animals—will be tools that sustain him in the later years of his life. And that is one lifelong lesson he is thankful to learn!
Owning pigs, goats, cows, or chickens for a local community members does so much more than ‘just’ provide food. These additions, matched with workshops, have the potential to transform a family and change the future outcome for their children, just like it did for Jai. Plant With Purpose is raising funds to grow 30 new family farms. An integral part is caring for farm animals and learning sustainable farming techniques. Consider giving today so that others like Jai can take steps out of poverty.
Today we’re featuring Part 2 of our interview with Christy Mandin, this quarter’s Cultivator.
What aspect of Plant With Purpose’s work do you resonate with most?
Along the way to becoming a farmer, I learned the connection farming had to poverty, environmental degradation, and conflict. But, I also learned the connection farming had to empowerment, sustainability, freedom, and security. Not everyone in the world is passionate about farming. Not everyone is passionate about sustainability. But those who are should be given the opportunity to live out that passion. To know the feeling that comes with being able to provide food for your own family. To experience the snowball effect intensive small plot farming can have on the individual working to break through from poverty to plenty. To know the value in planting an ordinary tree that will benefit not only their own generation but the generations to come.
Plant With Purpose provides opportunities to nurture those individuals who need farms and need sustainability around the world. And because farming and sustainability require a bit of a local touch to be successful, Plant With Purpose utilizes the local resources in each area to get the job done. Equipping the community by utilizing the community seems to me like the purest form of sustainability. I just really love that, at every corner, they are equipping individuals to take control of their own development. They truly nurture the whole individual.
Do you have advice for people looking to uniquely use their gifts to support Plant With Purpose?
For a long time I separated my talents neatly into their own little boxes. Farming in one box; blogging in another; a box for being a mother; another for philanthropy and academics. I found myself frustrated that I couldn’t be one because of the other. Until one day I decided that, just because I couldn’t put my sociology degree to good use by traveling to Africa to conduct hands-on research didn’t mean I had to be a bump on a log. Yes, I am here with my little ones everyday in order to teach them at home. Yes, we are a one-income household and my travel expenses have disappeared. Yes, I am now a mother and my schedule has drastically changed. That does not mean that I can’t still be sociologist and farmer and mother and blogger and philanthropist. The beauty of blogging is that I get to participate in all of them on some level. I decided that while I am here, doing the important work in our family and in our garden, I can still be out there doing the important work of the world and helping with someone else’s garden. I get to tell about the work Plant With Purpose is doing across the world on a farm in Tanzania. And why it is so important. And how it relates to what’s going on here. Because it absolutely does! That’s a full-time job by itself. The beauty of the internet is that we are so connected and so able to bring about change remotely. You don’t have to fly all the way to Thailand or Burundi to make a difference. You can do so right from your computer! Blogging is a great way to engage others and participate in the work of organizations like Plant with Purpose.
Describe your perfect Saturday.
My perfect Saturday is spent with my family, preferably on a not-too-hot day, in the yard, in a canoe, or exploring a back-road somewhere.
What are the three items you can’t live without?
- Mud boots: I go through several pair a year. They’re a necessary evil when venturing into a chicken coop.
- Flowers: I love hanging baskets and potted plants on a porch. They make me happy!
- Wool socks: I love feeling cozy and wool socks are the perfect way!
What inspires you in your daily routines?
Hmm. I think the “what” is more like “who”. Henry David Thoreau inspires my quest for quiet living and simplicity. Sarah Bessey currently inspires me to view my world and my faith a little differently. All of the wild-child farmers doing it a little differently inspire me to blaze my own trail.
Each quarter, Plant With Purpose chooses one standout individual to receive our Cultivator Award.This award highlights someone who uniquely cultivates support for Plant With Purpose in their own sphere of influence using their gifts and resources. Today we’re featuring our second recipient of the Plant With Purpose Cultivator Award, Christy Mandin. Christy is a blogger, farmer, and mother who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. We’ll share Part 1 of her interview today and Part 2 tomorrow. Read on to learn about her heart for Plant With Purpose!
When and how did you first get involved with Plant With Purpose?
I first became involved with Plant With Purpose in March of this year. I had been actively seeking an organization that approached poverty and environmental stewardship as interconnected issues. I watched Plant With Purpose for some time, did my research, and knew that I wanted to be a more active participant in what they were doing around the world. Our family prayed and decided that we would team up with Plant With Purpose and sponsor a village. Although I’ve never been there, I have long had an Africa-shaped stamp on my heart. And so, we partnered with farming families in Lyasongoro, Tanzania.
Can you share what your involvement looks like?
I write a blog, Blessed Little Thistle, about our family life and our adventures as first-time and skipped-generation farmers. Because my life has led me to much different places than I ever imagined or planned, the season we’re in right now requires that my involvement revolve around blogging for the things I am passionate about – farming, philanthropy, poverty, education, sustainability, injustice…and really, if we’re being honest, the everyday, seemingly mundane, events peppered in. Even though I can’t be in Tanzania or Haiti or Thailand, that doesn’t mean that I can’t lead the charge for change and progress and helping to empower others. It just looks a little different on my end.
What motivates you to use your gifts to support the organization?
I never imagined that I would grow up to be so passionate about farming. Being surrounded by farmers and agriculture in my small-town I mistook the practice as something archaic – something my grandparents did out of utter necessity. And something I’d definitely never do. It would be my college education (that I had ironically sought out as a way to escape such small town practices) that would bring me full circle back to farming. It took a couple of changes in major, marriage, babies, and a few career changes over the years to piece together where my passions lie. My whole world was turned upside down when I realized that the connection between all people across the planet was food. Young, old, rich or poor, we all need food. No matter the culture, the country, or our status we gather around food. And we all need farmers for that food.
I understand first-hand what it means to utilize what you’ve been given in farming. Not everyone has access to land. In fact, a lot of people don’t. But that doesn’t have to stop me from being a farmer. Farming isn’t about how much land you have but about how well you steward the land you’re on. Even the smallest of plots can help create food security for a family. I’m passionate about working to change the idea of the farmer from one with sprawling acres and tractors and full barns to simply one who has successfully utilized an area for food cultivation and considered the impact of their presence while doing so.
This month we celebrate Plant With Purpose’s thirtieth anniversary. For three decades we have been at work restoring lives and land in rural communities. This is a testament to God’s steadfastness – His goodness in using Plant With Purpose as a vessel to accomplish His kingdom work. As Paul shares in 1 Thessalonians, “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
Our dynamic team of development professionals, community leaders, and supporters like you have committed Plant With Purpose to the Lord, which gives us confidence going forth and continuing in our calling to transform the lives of the rural poor. Thank you for the part you play.
On the first Friday of every month, Plant With Purpose’s international family comes together to life up our country programs in prayer. Join us!
We praise God for:
- The partnership with local agriculture research programs focusing on avocados. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn new ways to build and strengthen agroforestry farms. Please pray that this will bring new financial opportunities for partnering farmers.
- Open doors to share the Theology of Work program. God is at work in Burundi and it is exciting to watch Him move through our local church partners.
We pray for:
- Wisdom and guidance for the staff especially at the start of a new fiscal year. Pray that this will be a fruitful and successful year.
- Peace and stability in Burundi.
We praise God for:
- The rains that have allowed crop growth.
- Protecting our staff as they travel to remote locations to oversee the program.
We pray for:
- The recovery of coffee along the border region. A disease known as coffee rust is affecting their plants.
- The creation of new Bible study groups in the community of Yamasá en la Cuenca in the Ozama Watershed.
- An end to the chikungunya virus that is also affecting the Dominican Republic. Please pray for quick healing for those infected by the virus.
We praise God for:
- A good rainy season. Because of the rains, crops were productive, farmers were able to earn an income, and loans were paid back.
- A strong end to the fiscal year.
We pray for:
- Jean Catule Augustine, our agriculture educator, who is experiencing complications from being infected by the chikungunya virus. Continue praying for a solution to this virus in Haiti.
- Wisdom and guidance for our staff to increase effectiveness and efficiency as the new fiscal year begins.
We praise God for:
- His care and protection over our field and office staff, and the addition of our new staff member Elvira Duran.
- Plant With Purpose’s participation in a meeting with Living Water International and the Kellogg Foundation.
We pray for:
- The group visiting from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Pray that it will be a good trip and that all will be blessed.
- God to bless and protect all our promoters as they accomplish their work in their communities. Pray for God to keep them healthy. And praise Him for an enriching and productive meeting with these leaders last month.
- The work taking place the second half of the year. Pray for God’s blessing and wisdom on all projects.
We praise God for:
- The partnerships, open doors, and program growth that took place during fiscal year 2014. Tanzania has seen great success and program growth in reforestation efforts, watershed protection, family gardens, and starting new savings groups over the last four years.
We pray for:
- Partnering families as we enter the dryer, cold season. During this time, many families rely on savings that have been accumulated throughout the year.
- Continued peace and stability in the country.
- The upcoming visits from supporters and friends of Plant With Purpose as they come to see our programs.
We praise God for:
- The productive visit of an Amerian team who provided assistance at the training center and worked with a partnering community.
- A meaningful conference for Plant With Purpose Thailand’s directors at the Asia Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction. Pray for implementation of what was learned at this conference.
We pray for:
- The preparation of farmers and staff in the areas of agroforestry, soil conservation, establishing tree nurseries, and planting in the coming months of rainy season.
- Staffing needs as we look for a new bookkeeper to join the team.
- The program’s role in promoting Creation Care in Thailand as the team shares with other Christian organizations, networks, and denominations.
- The political unrest in Thailand.
We praise God for:
- Thirty years of restoring lives and land. July 2 officially marked our 30th anniversary as an organization! We praise God for all of our partners, supporters, and friends who have made these past three decades possible!
- Blessing us with a beautiful new office space. Pray for the upcoming Open House as we celebrate with friends on July 16.
- His faithfulness in the completion of another fiscal year.
We pray for:
- Technical Director Robert Morikawa starts our triennial program evaluation in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Burundi this month. Please pray for the processes.
- Director of Field Operations John Mitchell’s family, who is finalizing their visa process so that they can join him in San Diego.
- Africa Program Officer Christi Huizenga’s time with the staff in Burundi. Pray for wisdom as conversations regarding program expansion continue.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We are deeply grateful for your partnership.
Does your family have old photo albums filling up the bookshelves? Plant With Purpose is no different. “I love Haiti” and “Floresta” stickers curl up from the covers of these time capsules. Inside, clippings from newspapers explain how one man set out to change circumstances for rural families by addressing the devastating needs in the Dominican Republic. Issues of poverty and environmental degradation still plague remote communities today. But thirty years after our founding, Plant With Purpose is celebrating milestones reached and thousands of lives transformed – lives of individuals like Lucas Frías de Los Santos.
Lucas held tightly to his belief that God was dead for many years. His belief was amplified by difficult life circumstances. In his small village of Maizal, Dominican Republic he struggled to make a life for his family. His farm didn’t produce enough to feed his large family, he had no way to save money, and his community was divided. Even if God lived, Lucas thought, He certainly wasn’t doing His job.
Ghandi famously said, “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Such was the case for Lucas, who lacked food, economic opportunity, and hope. But in partnership with Plant With Purpose, God appeared to Lucas in the form of tangible resources like seeds and access to loans. The farmer and father of five recently shared, “Plant With Purpose has helped me understand the immense love God has for me. I have grown in faith and acknowledge that there is life only in God and that He is far from dead.”
“Plant With Purpose has helped me understand the immense love God has for me. I have grown in faith and acknowledge that there is life only in God and that He is far from dead.”
Through sustainable agriculture trainings, Lucas learned the importance of caring for his land. “I learned to value the environment, which is part of God’s creation,” he says. And as he began caring for his environment out of love for its Creator, his farm production increased. Lucas and other Maizal farmers received training in soil conservation, organic fertilizers, and crop diversification. Farmers now plant a variety of crops – which heal the soil and increase crop yield – by intercropping trees such as cocoa, citrus, and avocado with low-growing fruits and vegetables. Not only do trees protect farmland, they also increase farmers’ incomes through the sale of wood and fruit.
Through his involvement with Plant With Purpose, Lucas grew into a community leader. He now serves as a coordinator of his Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA). Though most farmers in Maizal don’t make much money, they are seeing their resources multiply through wise stewardship. “We have learned that what little we earn, we must save,” he says. The Maizal VSLA group has benefited from interest earned on their own savings and loans. Group members have improved farm plots and strengthened small businesses through borrowing loans. “Thanks to the loans from the savings group, I improved my land and my home,” Lucas shares.
Today we celebrate the changes that Lucas, his family, and the community of Maizal have experienced. The vision that was cast thirty years ago has fueled the growth of an international organization serving 18,000 families in 339 communities across six countries. Each of those numbers represents a story to us. Thank you for being a part of Lucas’ story, for partnering in Plant With Purpose’s life changing work, and for allowing so many to experience God’s kingdom here on earth.
Our newest blog series explores the six Core Values of Plant With Purpose: Faith, Collaboration, Stewardship, Sustainability, Empowerment, and Innovation. In this series we’ll share how these values play out across our international programs and how they inform our approach to community development. Up first: Faith.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekial 36:26
Put simply, the mission of Plant With Purpose is to get at the root causes of rural poverty. We’ve seen over 30 years that these root causes are best addressed through a three-part method that targets environmental, economic, and spiritual needs. Each of the three parts are essential to our mission, but spiritual transformation is the element that truly sustains change within the lives of our partners.
Plant With Purpose believes that the most effective way to provide hope to impoverished families is by equipping local churches and leaders to spread the Gospel – the ultimate message of hope. The local church is the most powerful agent of change in rural communities. Much like the hub of a wheel, it represents the point from which movement travels outward.
Our U.S.-based offices also rely on church partnerships to share our mission, support our programs, and join us in prayer for our partners around the world. It is our privilege to work with them as we help rural families realize their own God-given potential.
Frederico is a farmer and father of eight who lives in the Dominican Republic. When asked about his faith journey, he says, “I have always tried to live a life according to Biblical principles. After partnering with Plant With Purpose, my spiritual life has been strengthened since Plant With Purpose guides us to seek more of God. In my savings-and-loans group we being each meeting with a prayer and Biblical reflection. This has helped me have a better relationship with the community.”
This is why faith is one of Plant With Purpose’s core values. We have been invited to join God in His work of restoring people’s relationship with the land and with each other. Real transformation comes through faith in Him, and we are grateful to walk alongside partners like Frederico in their journey.
I recently returned from Haiti, where I visited our work in the mountainside villages near Fonds-Verrettes. While there, we stay a few miles up the road from our field office at a lodge in a forest reserve. It is an idyllic place where the morning sun filters through pine trees covered with epiphytes and onto a green forest floor carpeted with bromeliads. Not far away livestock graze and beans are cultivated in little clearings. It is a glimpse of what the mountains of Haiti once looked like. The road from Fonds-Parisien to the forest reserve, however, brought us through two stunningly washed out riverbeds.
Read more from Executive Director Scott Sabin as he shares about bringing our loaves and fish to God.
With Communities Around the World
By Doug Satre
My first visit to see Plant With Purpose’s work was six years ago, in the spring of 2008. A group of us traveled to the community of Savane Real on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic—a newer program area at the time. It was dusk as we drove high into the mountains and visible fires burned on several hillsides as farmers cleared their fields for planting. It was the kind of degraded landscape I’d heard about—severely deforested, incredibly steep, and eroded—yet as far as the eye could see these steep hillsides were still being farmed.
Read more about how Plant With Purpose strategically partners with communities where severe needs and tremendous opportunities meet.
Is Sustainable Development
Possible Without the Gospel?
By Annelise Jolley
During the last few years, a shift occurred in the conversation surrounding community development. Sustainability became a buzzword, and social justice grew exponentially in popularity. Thanks to their marketing power, these concepts are now household terms.
Although sustainable and justice are both words we use often at Plant With Purpose, in the context of our work they are much more than marketing tools – they’re indicators of real success. Sustainable development means justice is taking place and will continue to take place. In its fullest sense, it means transformation over the long haul. In reflecting on Plant With Purpose’s thirty years working toward transformation in rural communities, the term sustainable development has never seemed more fitting.
Read how Plant With Purpose’s Christian roots inspire sustainable transformation.
La Sabana de Caballero, Dominican Republic
By Becky Rosaler
Away from the coast in rural areas we find small communities where families farm the land to earn an income through agriculture. In the U.S., we put our hard-earned money into savings accounts or investments. But as Dominican farmers earn pesos, few are able to invest or save their income. Less than 30 percent of adults in the Dominican Republic have accounts at formal financial institutions (World Bank).
The community of La Sabana de Caballero is learning to manage their money through Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA).
Read about the difference that VSLAs make in communities like La Sabana de Caballero.
Join us on October 11, 2104 as we celebrate 30 years of restoring lives and land.
This spring, Plant With Purpose moved offices! We will be opening our doors on Wednesday, July 16 to share our new digs.
Keep your yard blooming and help families in Haiti at the same time. For every purchase of Kellogg’s Gardner and Bloome line, Plant With Purpose receives a donation.
If you haven’t visited one of Plant With Purpose’s programs, we’d love for you to consider joining us.
Mexico: October 26-31, 2014
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