Tag: Agriculture

Hope Becomes Hereditary in Nepal

In Nepal, approximately one-third of the population lives near or below the poverty line, The World Bank reports. That’s why Convoy of Hope established Women’s Empowerment and Agriculture programs in the area to help provide valuable resources to people — like Sani — who are just one opportunity away from a better life. 

Sani lives in a small farming village in Nepal. She single-handedly supports herself, her son, daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter. 

“I see my only son and think that one day he will return back home and help me in my garden [and] goat farm,” Sani said.

For now, she sends money to her son and his family to support them with her farm’s profits. But until recently, her farm was less than lucrative.

Many Nepali farmers who grow crops like millet and corn earn approximately $1,500 rupees a year. With a little bit of education from Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture program, those same farmers can increase their earnings by a factor of 40 or greater. Implementing more efficient agricultural practices and planting more successful crops helps to feed their families, supplies them with income, and allows them to help others by selling what they produce.

Through the local Agriculture and Women’s Empowerment programs, Sani learned how to run a business, how to farm efficiently, and how to see her own inherent value as an individual. She now raises goats and cash crops, and recently learned how to keep bees. 

“I want people to learn from my story that they should never give up in any difficult situation. Always raise your voice for your right. And lastly, be a farmer like me,” she said proudly. 

Now that she can provide well for herself and her loved ones, Sani’s new goal is to see to it that her son and grandchild have better lives as well.

“I felt that my son could study well so that he can get a better job and have a better life,” she said. “So, I usually tell my son to return back to the village and help me in agriculture activities.”

Thanks to your support, lasting change and multiplied hope can improve the course of Sani’s life and that of her family for generations to come. Thank you for changing their stories.

To learn more about Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture program in Nepal, click here.

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Cultivating a New Life: Esmara’s Story

In Nicaragua, where a disproportionately large number of people live off of less than $3.20 per day, life is not always easy. Adding a kidney infection, a blood pressure disorder, and depression makes it even harder for Esmara. But she will be the first to tell you: She is a fighter.

“I have recovered from much worse things,” she said. “So yes, I can handle this.”

Esmara lives her life with determination — she has to. Her daughter depends on it. While her husband was unemployed last year, he did as well. Now as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture program, Esmara provides and produces an income for herself and her loved ones.

Convoy of Hope started a community garden called, “Manos Amigas” (Spanish for, “Helping Hands”) not far from Esmara’s home. There, she learned about proper agricultural practices, pest control, irrigation, and how to run a business.

“I was very motivated to learn, continue, and fight. It has been a beautiful experience,” she said.

After seeing how successful her efforts were at Manos Amigas, Esmara took some of the excess produce home to plant in her own yard. She and her husband created another garden, which helped them generate even more income and produce for their family.

“Working the land here, which we did not do before, we have seen that economically we have met many needs. And this allows us to live much better than we did before,” Esmara said.

Now that she has started a new life full of hope, Esmara’s wish is for others in her community to adopt her new agricultural practices.

“I project myself as an enterprising, capable woman, being a great farmer,” she said. “People who see my example can know that you can become independent … to work and get out of poverty. And in my area, there are many people in need. And I think they can do it.”

With your help, individuals, families, and communities have new opportunities to start prosperous lives. To support Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture program, click here.

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Ag567 Project Cultivates New Methods for Community Change

What happens when you empower five neighbors to grow six different kinds of crops in a community-style garden — all while rotating responsibilities every seven days?

That’s the question that the Ag567 project set out to answer.

For many residents of the Philippines, food insecurity and malnutrition are ever-present. Jun Tigas, Convoy of Hope’s Agricultural Officer in the Philippines, constantly works to provide nutritious food to communities. But because of frequent disasters and the challenge of living in a country made up of 7,640 different islands, fighting food insecurity is an incredible undertaking.

Inspiration for the Ag567 project came from a desire to overcome challenges like these. The formula is simple, yet empowering and effective.

Five or more volunteers from a community receive the education and supplies necessary to plant a garden in a shared space. They usually plant the gardens in communal backyards, at churches, or on farmland donated by local government authorities in support of the project.

Six different types of crops grow in these gardens. Generally, the crops are fruits and vegetables — think high-nutrient crops like beans (for protein) and leafy greens (for micronutrients) — and income-generating crops, the excess of which can be sold for a profit.

Every seven days, volunteers rotate responsibilities tending to the garden. This ensures that everyone is well-versed and well-rested, which creates a sustainable and gratifying system.

The project has been massively successful. What started with two volunteers blossomed into a group of 900 enthusiastic gardeners, eager to provide for and improve their communities.

“I’ve never seen community involvement like this,” said David Vanderpool, Convoy of Hope’s International Food and Agriculture Specialist. “They are self-motivating, they are creative, they are innovative, they are forward-thinking.”

In many parts of the Philippines, the pandemic’s disruption of the global economy and supply chain made it almost impossible for some families to buy food. Communities with Ag567 gardens now have a reliable source of both food and income, as many have begun to sell surplus and seedlings. Other communities have also donated crops and seeds to local schools so students can have access to sustainable food sources.

Many Ag567 volunteers are eager to share their newfound knowledge with neighboring communities as well. This means more access to sustainable resources for more people. One community’s local police station took note of the garden’s massive success and approached volunteers to ask for help planting their own Ag567 garden.

“I’m really impressed with what they’ve done,” David concluded, adding that in the future, Convoy of Hope aims to work with our partners and team members in the Philippines to expand Ag567 gardens throughout the country.

Because of your support, Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture initiative is providing sustainable sources of income and nutritious food around the world. To contribute, click here.

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Cheerful with Chickens: Leana’s Story

Leana is a chicken farmer in Nicaragua. She recently joined Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture program and her family started a new, hopeful journey. In many different ways, the past year has been particularly emotional for her. At the beginning of the year, the pandemic had already taken a toll on Leana and her community.

“I am a housewife. I cook, I wash, I do everything a housewife does,” she said. “My husband no longer had a job, and I was worried we were going to suffer and wonder where he was going to get food for our home.”

Leana had also accumulated a worrisome amount of debt. With no income, few options, and bills looming, Leana was concerned for her family’s well-being.

“One day, the pastor called me and said, ‘Sister Leana, some programs are coming for the church. Do you want to enter?’”

At first, she wasn’t sure what to expect. She began learning how to raise chickens, how to run a business, and how to pursue a future full of hope. Leana described the day that she received 50 chickens from Convoy of Hope and realized that she could start a new life and run a successful farm to support her family. She jumped for joy.

“I had many debts, and thanks to God, with raising chickens, I have paid those debts. [I feel] cheerful with all the love, with all the emotion that we have in this little job.”

A year filled with negative emotions — anxiety, despair, and heartache — gave way to a new chapter full of cheer, abundance, and hope.

“These trainings are essential for success in raising chickens,” Leana said. “We thank God and Convoy of Hope, who have helped us. We ask God to keep them and help them every day … may He bless them all.”Thanks to your support, people like Leana are starting new, hopeful chapters around the world. To help us bring valuable resources and education to those who need them most, click here.

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Super Bowl Champion Bradley Pinion Partners With Convoy of Hope for Community Event

Super Bowl champion Bradley Pinion teamed up with Convoy of Hope to host a Pro-Series Community Event in Clemson, South Carolina. The event featured free groceries, shoes, socks, haircuts, hygiene kits, hot meals, and NFL-style skills and drills for Guests of Honor to enjoy. 

“I’ve been partnering with Convoy of Hope since my rookie year and am so thankful that I can bring the Convoy Nation Pro-Series Community Event to the Clemson community — where I played college football,” Bradley said. “Any family who needs some help is welcome.”

The event helped meet immediate needs of those in the Clemson community. More than 600 people received help and hope that day.

“Oh mama, look at these shoes!” one child said, beaming with joy. “I’m going to run so fast now!”

Partnerships like Bradley Pinion’s help Convoy of Hope serve communities all around the world.

“Bradley has played a pivotal role in bringing Convoy of Hope to communities throughout his NFL career,” said Kirk Noonan, Vice President of Convoy Nation, a fan base of kindness with Convoy of Hope. “We are thankful for such a friend who is determined to give families help and hope.”

Thank you to our partners and supporters who make events like this possible.

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