Seed Programs International

Aissata Camara, Twitter Aug 8 2018

We wouldn’t be here without the inspirational work of leaders around the world who multiply manyfold our investment in their efforts. In honor of SPI’s 20th anniversary, we’ll be celebrating these leaders throughout the next year. Today, we're celebrating Aissata Camara, Co-founder of There Is No Limit Foundation.

Aissata's motto is “Empowered women empower other women." She lives her motto through her dedication to ending poverty, inequality, and injustices like female genital cutting (FGM/C) and other forms of gender based violence (GBV). This is not always easy, especially in places where these practices are deeply entrenched in a community's social fabric. It takes tremendous courage to stand against cultural practices that have been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years.

From the start, Aissata’s work challenged these traditions. Despite receiving threats against herself and her family, she continued building relationships within her community that would support change. She soon developed a reputation for connecting people with the resources they need to gain security and dignity in their lives. Today, many who once perceived her as an enemy are her partners and allies in ending injustice and poverty.

SPI’s partnership with Aissata is part of her, and our, investment in this community. Not only are vegetable seeds and gardens an especially powerful resource for nutrition and economic empowerment, but our work together builds trust that can lead to safe spaces for dialogue and social change.

On a recent trip to her native home in Guinea, Aissata visited the town of Walto, where she and her team worked with youth to create theater pieces and poems on the impact of FGM and GBV. Aissata shares, “I’m proud that change is coming! The communities served by There Is No Limit Foundation are working to change social norms. That’s why I believe in breaking the silence. We’re changing lives.”

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.