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Posted on 13. May, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Ana Rosa Gatica Díaz is a 20-year-old new mother who lives in La Pintada, Nicaragua. Like so many new mothers, she speaks of her baby girl with adoration. She also speaks of the challenges she faces. “It’s hard” to meet family’s needs Ana Rosa managed to study through sixth grade and even went on to […]
Posted on 08. May, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Bessy Lopez is a 34-year-old single mother of five in Omoa, Honduras. She has no land and, until recently, had few marketable skills. Over the years she has struggled to support her family, taking in laundry, selling firewood and working at textile factories. When Bessy worked in the factory, she had to leave the house […]
Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Leaf rust is the common name for a nasty little fungus, Roya, which causes big problems for coffee plants. Leaf rust first appears on the underside of the leaves of coffee plants as yellow spots, and can ultimately cause the leaves to turn black and fall off. This severely damages coffee plants, reducing yields. When […]
Posted on 22. Oct, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
For many of us, cooking is a pleasure, and for others it’s just a pain. For Albertina Grandados in Tepititán, El Salvador, cooking is dangerous. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessity which means that she and her children are exposed to the dangers of cooking almost all day long, day in and day out. This is […]
Posted on 14. Oct, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Twelve years ago the families of Macayepo, Colombia suffered a horrifying fate. On October 14, 2000, without warning, the otherwise quiet rural town near Colombia’s Caribbean cost was flooded with paramilitary soldiers, ready to kill. They did just that, assassinating 15 farmers and forcing 200 families to flee. That day the people of Macayepo joined […]
Posted on 24. Sep, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
What do Farmers Need? In Uganda, I was told pangas and seeds. In Colombia it was land titles and roads. In Kenya? Irrigation. In Honduras it was guaranteed buyers and fair prices and in India, access to credit. This is what makes LWR’s work interesting and — frankly — hard. What farmers need in the […]
Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Dionisia Choque is a Quechua-speaking farmer who lives in Tinguipaya, Bolivia. Her entire life Dionisia and her family have grown potatoes, and until recently that is what her family ate, potatoes and some meat. In fact, that is what almost everyone in her community has cultivated and eaten for decades. Some would say Tinguipaya has […]
Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
In 2007 Lutheran World Relief partnered with Fundación Tierra (The Land Foundation) to help nearly 30,000 rural Bolivians officially register with the state, allowing them to gain access to better health services, obtain jobs and secure land to farm. Here’s the story of some of the people affected: Manuel Flores, a Quechua-speaking farmer has just […]
Posted on 03. Jul, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
In 2007 Lutheran World Relief partnered with Fundación Tierra (The Land Foundation) to help nearly 30,000 rural Bolivians officially register with the state, allowing them to gain access to better health services, obtain jobs and secure land to farm. Here’s one woman’s story: Margarita Flores lives in the small town of Potrero. She and her […]
Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Imagine losing your wallet, passport or social security card. The pain of having to stand in line at the DMV or other government office seems horribly annoying. Now imagine that office is 12 hours away, you have to purchase a 300 dollar plane ticket to get there and take 5 days off work (unpaid) to […]
Posted on 16. May, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Apparently yes! And LWR is helping make that possible with our partners in Nicaragua. Last week the country´s first ever international chocolate-tasting competition took place in Managua, Nicaragua. There, seven cooperatives representing hundreds of cocoa producers competed to win the best chocolate award. Cocoa beans are used to make chocolate, and LWR´s heart is in […]