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Showing blog posts from August, 2018

Aug 23, 2018 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Beauty Out of Ashes

CANADA - Have you ever been in a room with so much smoke that you could feel it in your lungs? This past week, I went to Williams Lake, BC, Canada where the smoke-filled air irritated lungs and formed such a thick fog outside that flights in and out had to be canceled. Why was there so much smoke?

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Aug 11, 2018 by Graham Seel

Linking Savings Groups to Banks Can Improve Member Retention

Successful Savings Groups (SGs) often run into a problem after the first couple of years. Some members who have grown small businesses, or who want to save for the long term...

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Aug 6, 2018 by Stephan Lutz

Working Together is Always Better

KENYA - In Kenya, World Renew advocates sustainable food security by promoting conservation agriculture. The drought-resistant practices of CA promise to help farmers weather climate unpredictability and soil fertility issues in ways that traditional..

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Aug 6, 2018 by Raymond Mutava

Healthy and Living Positively, Thanks to Grain Amaranth!

UGANDA - Phiona Ayebazibwe, 33, is a mother of one living in Karujanga village in Katuna town council, Kabale district, Uganda. Phiona has HIV.

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Aug 6, 2018 by Raymond Mutava

Benefits from the Practice of Conservation Agriculture

UGANDA - Grace Atukunda is a 27-year-old farmer living in the Kabale District community of Nyakarindi, currently in her second season of practicing conservation agriculture. Thanks to the Foods Resource Bank-funded food security program....

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Aug 6, 2018 by Leanne Geisterfer

Healing the Wounds of the Heart

HONDURAS - What is your worst pain? For some, it may be a physical, but for many their trauma is emotional. In Spanish, we call it a wound of the heart. About a month ago, I had the privilege of facilitating a trauma healing group for the first time.

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Aug 6, 2018 by Kathleen Lauder

The Strain of Rural Exodus and a Sewing Solution

CAMBODIA - During my five years working with World Renew in Cambodia, I have witnessed a growing exodus from the rural communities we serve. Frequent droughts, floods, and poor soil quality all make farming a tenuous way to earn an income.

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Aug 5, 2018 by Faye Yu

How Do You Teach Creativity?

MALAWI - I often wonder: How do you teach creativity? How do you help people to want to innovate, to risk exploring the unknown and gamble a sure thing for something that could potentially not work at all? How do you convince people to use the little resources they have to purchase or create something new? When there are limited resources, few people dare to try. If they fail, they could be laughed at, or worse, their family could be without needed resources.

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Aug 5, 2018 by Bethany Cok

Passionate Individuals Invested in their Community

MEXICO Hello, everyone! It’s been a busy couple months here at the World Renew Guatemala office — but then again, it nearly always feels that way! Sadoc and Adolfo spent several weeks in July traveling to conduct partner evaluations with two of our partners in Petén and in Huehuetenango.

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Aug 5, 2018

Improved Agriculture, Improved Lives

HONDURAS - When you think of a hardworking farmer, you may not think of a stay-at-home mother with seven children, but Pilar Martinez from Cañada Galana, Honduras, is both. She has her own plot of land that she works with the help of her husband to provide enough food for their five daughters and two sons. Though she works hard with great motivation, she has had her share of struggles in the past.

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