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Where Pigs Grow on Trees (Sort Of)

May 19, 2022

It turns out that a banana plantation is a great place to raise a pig. The eighteen-month wait between pulling out old banana trees grown for beer and waiting for the new ones planted for nutrition and income to mature was difficult, but the women in the community’s self-help groups believed in the process and […]

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It Can All Start by Word of Mouth

May 6, 2022

Dependent on her husband’s small earnings for all the family’s needs, Scholar’s home life was tough. So, when she learned through a friend of hers that women in a neighboring village had experienced significant transformation in a Self-Help Group (SHG), she thought, “Why not here?” Local partner Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika promotes SHGs as a proven […]

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Our Growing Project Adds to the Fabric of our Christian Life and Faith

April 25, 2022

The Growing Project at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren has become an important part of our worship and social interaction within our church family. Each year in April we have our Growing Project Kick-off Sunday. Activities have included the farmers drive their tractors to church, children displaying their toy tractors in the narthex, focusing the […]

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A Firm Foundation in Beekeeping at Last

April 13, 2022

Eddy says he tried many times to keep bees, but since he did not have much knowledge on the subject, he was never successful. He had participated in many of the sustainable farming activities promoted by local partner APIDEC, and knew that bees played an important role in the crop cycle. A chance to enroll […]

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Old Farming Practices Make Way for the New

Douglas, a farmer with a carpentry business and a young family, speaks with great love of how his parents involved him in farming from a very young age. “They taught me to work the land in the way they knew,” he says. “Today, though, I know that some of those conventional farming practices caused a […]

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Working the Land Instead of for “The Man”

Mr. Touch’s life changed for the better – way better – when he asked himself a direct question: “What would happen if, instead of working 8-10 hours a day for someone else, I put in that same amount of time working for myself on my land, and could be with my family instead of so […]

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Improving the Soil for the Children

Local partner ADIP is pleased with the progress of a particular community where so many of the families are putting into practice the conservation farming techniques they’ve been exposed to. A shining example is Zacarías. Zacarías learned subsistence farming practices from his parents. As he married and became a father of seven, he continued working […]

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