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Over 60 percent of Liberia’s agricultural producers are women; yet, men still tend to receive more and better training, and women’s training is often inappropriate.

Through the partnership of Seed Programs International and Church Aid Liberia a lot has changed at the village level and in the lives of the Women’s Empowerment Program recipients. The bottom-up approach has empowered the women. They are actively involved in various aspects of program management such as conducting meetings, collectively selecting training topics and presenting groups needs to Church Aid Liberia staff.

Church Aid Liberia women’s group training provides a structure that enables women to share training information. Equipping women with the skills to improve production and manage change and support each other. We believe access to information and training are the most powerful tools for women’s empowerment. We provide a community based solution that gives women access to knowledge, skills and self-confidence they need to seek out economic opportunities paths out of poverty to self-reliance.

Church Aid Liberia’s Women’s Empowerment programs incorporates agricultural training with Business management training, to help women take advantage of new agricultural opportunities, and to manage and market their vegetable production more effectively.

The fields

The fields

With the recent news of the Ebola vaccine, there seems to be hope for prevention of outbreak in the future. While the disease seems to be contained for the time being, the survivors of the Ebola outbreak are hard at work to get their lives back to normal. 

For this update report we would like to share a letter from one of our partners in Liberia:

Dear Seed Programs,

I am very grateful and appreciative on behalf of the G-CAP Family for the seeds that you have raised for us. Words are inadequate to tell you how thankful we are to you.

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Honduran farmer Tomas prepares soil for planting.

The connections and learning achieved with your support and generosity are opening new doors. In the past few months, Seed Programs International has forged several new partnerships in Honduras. 

Two of the partnerships were achieved through the powerful international network of Rotarians. Here in Asheville, North Carolina, Asheville Rotarians travel yearly to be hosted by the Copan Ruinas club in Honduras. The team includes dental and opthamology professionals who provide dental and eye care for hundreds of children and adults who have never received such services.

Mother's DayIf you're stumped for ideas about what to get the moms in your life for Mother's Day this year, try thinking outside the box. It's easy to get wrapped up in figuring out what your own mom wants, but there are millions of mothers around the world in need. So this year, consider honoring your mom by helping out someone else's. We're thrilled to introduce to you the Sweet Blossom Gifts, a sponsor of SPI's Women's Empowerment Project. With every item sold, a portion of the sale will be donated to help SPI's partnerships that empower women through seeds.

Sweet Blossom Gifts is an independent family owned business, located in the heart of the Appalachian mountains in Asheville, NC. They offer customized handmade jewelry using high-quality materials by an assortment of fine artisans who take time and care to create each piece. Each item is unique and made specifically to order. Sweet Blossom Gifts' partnership with SPI will help fund seed shipments and agricultural training for women.

Access to the most basic life necessities is out of reach for a staggering number of women around the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN reports that "if women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education and markets as men, agricultural production could be increased and the number of hungry people reduced by 100-150 million people." We join with women's gardening projects in the most impoverished countries worldwide including Madagascar, Guatemala, and Liberia. In these countries, illiteracy is prominent, especially among women and girls. 

Female farmers produce more than half the developing world's food - yet own less than 2% of land and have limited access to resources such as seeds, tools, and information. By providing top-quality vegetable seeds and locally-driven support, Seed Programs gives women a path to empowerment, income, and nutrition.
 Enabling women to grow their own food in an underprivileged area can change the lives in an entire community. We join with women's gardening projects in the most impoverished countries worldwide including Madagascar, Guatemala, and Liberia. In these countries, illiteracy is prominent, especially among women and girls.

It may be hard to understand how something as small as a seed can have such a far reaching impact but this is indeed the case. Growing vegetables enables women to feed their families with good nutritious food. Excess vegetables can be sold at markets providing money that was previously unavailable. That money can be used to send girls to school where they can learn to read. Once someone can read, a world of opportunity and hope is opened up.

This Mother's Day, thank the special moms in your life and all mothers around the world by doing what they do everyday: making the world a better place. As you prepare to indulge your mom in the goodies she loves most, consider doing so with a present that also gives back to an organization empowering women in greatest need. 

 Sweet Blossom

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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815
+1-828-337-8632

 

Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON
613-406-6100

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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.