Maryering Talavera stands next to grandfather and coffee farmer Gustavo Talavera

Introducing LWR Farmers Market Coffee

LWR farmers market coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in LWR projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers get a strong upfront price for their coffee beans and a portion of the profit. With LWR Farmers Market [...]Read More...

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Dottie Chidester displays one of her quilts

The Unstoppable Dottie Chidester

“Dottie has kept this group going,” says good friend Fran Dixon. “She’s the kind of person who doesn’t like to sit around, she likes to be doing things and especially things that help others.” [...]Read More...

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Lindor Wisly

Take the LWR Hunger Challenge

If you’ve eaten three meals a day this week, then you are truly blessed. And you are more fortunate than many families in Haiti. Families like Lindor Wisly’s. That’s why we’re issuing a challenge to raise $200,000 by March 15 to fight hunger! I met Lindor Wisly in his village of Dondon, Haiti, where he grows [...]Read More...

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Thrivent is Doubling Hurricane Matthew Donations to LWR

The situation for the people of Haiti right now is dire. Homes, bridges and roads have been washed away, leaving more than a million people displaced and in desperate need of food, water and shelter. The death toll continues to rise and experts fear the outbreak of infectious diseases such as cholera. In short: the [...]Read More...

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Giving Hacks That Make Fighting Poverty Easier!

Call me old-school, but I just learned the internet meaning of the word “hack.” Up until now when I think of hack, I think of hack-ing, as in the horror movie definition. On a more local level (and interesting fact), in Baltimore, where LWR is headquartered and where I’ve lived all my life, the word [...]Read More...

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Lindor Wisly

Haitian Coffee Farmers Diversify for Better Food Security, Quality of Life

PICTURE IT: two boys standing on the patchy front lawn on the small coffee farm of Lindor Wisly, in Dondon, northeast Haiti. One is Mr. Wisly’s son and is tall, what you might call a bean pole. He looks healthy and exuberant, and has an infectious smile. The other child is smaller, more reserved. He keeps a straight face and shies away [...]Read More...

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A group of mothers learn to prepare healthy meals for their families.

Combatting Childhood Malnutrition in the Philippines

In a modest home in the Philippines, Arlinda Dalabalan sits among about 20 children — ages 5 to 8 — singing a song. Before the song she’d clipped the children’s nails, combed their hair and inspected their scalps. When the song is done she’ll teach them how to properly wash their hands and record each [...]Read More...

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The Big Picture: 5 Photo Stories of LWR’s Work

You’ve heard the old adage: a picture is worth a thousand words. In celebration of #WorldPhotoDay, August 19, here are five photos that tell the story of the amazing work you do with LWR way better than words ever could – along with a few words…just in case you’d like to know more about the [...]Read More...

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Learning to Harvest a New Crop: Water

It’s not every day that a Deputy Mayor accepts an internship. But that’s precisely what happened recently in the high Andean district of Hualgayoc in the Cajamarca region of Peru. Deputy Mayor Manuel Saavedra Cubas, along with other members of the local government, spent a day working and learning about ways his community preserves, maintains [...]Read More...

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Celebrating Bold Women: Meet Atandi

This story originally appeared on the Women of the ELCA Blog.  Atandi Wilkister is a small-scale farmer who lives in the Rachuonyo South District in Western Kenya. Life has been challenging for Atandi, especially because she was left alone to run her farm and raise her children many years ago. For a long time, she struggled [...]Read More...

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