Tag Archives: cocoa

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I don’t like coffee, but I do like this…

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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I have a secret – I’m not a coffee drinker. Despite months of working on LWR’s coffee programming in Asia—including Temu Kupi, an international coffee forum LWR hosted with Green Mountain Coffee and Fair Trade USA—I got away without drinking any coffee.  It’s not that I don’t support the farmers who participate in our programs […]

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Concordia College students are welcomed by a farmer in Nicaragua

Notes from Nicaragua: Experiencing the Hospitality of Farmers

Posted on 15. May, 2014 by .

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Driving through the mountains of Nicaragua and looking out over the valleys, I don’t feel all that far away from the pine-filled mountains and valleys of western North Carolina that I once called home. In Nicaragua, unfortunately, deforestation is affecting the beautiful pine trees and harming small-scale farmers. Fortunately, many of those small-scale farmers are […]

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What Independence Day has to do with Cocoa Farmers in Latin America

Posted on 01. Jul, 2013 by .

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“May our barns be filled, with produce of every kind; may our sheep increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields, and may our cattle be heavy with young.” -Psalm 144:13-14a This week here in the United States we take time off to celebrate Independence Day. Aside from the grilled meats, fireworks displays […]

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We Remember Madam Christiana Ohene Agyare

Posted on 03. Jun, 2013 by .

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Lutheran World Relief is saddened to learn the news that on May 19th Madam Christiana Ohene Agyare, President of Kuapa Kokoo, passed away after a brief illness. Kuapa Kokoo is the democratically operated, Fair Trade certified cooperative of cocoa farmers in Ghana, which sources cocoa for Divine Chocolate and whose farmers are part owners of […]

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New Mother Looks to Future in Cocoa

Posted on 13. May, 2013 by .

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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 […]

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Learning New Skills Leads to Higher Income for Woman in Honduras

Posted on 08. May, 2013 by .

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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 […]

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The Women & Mothers of Kuapa Kokoo (part two)

Posted on 06. May, 2013 by .

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This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one. The Bible is filled with stories of mothers who make an incredible difference in the lives of those around them. From Sarah to Mary, mothers and strong women followed God’s call, protected those entrusted to them and spoke with prophetic vision for their communities. […]

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