Got 5 minutes? You can lift a farmer out of poverty!

Wilkister Atandi is a member of Orinde Farmers’ Cooperative Society in Rachuonyo South, Kenya. She has seen her income increase from $35 to $94 since the Rachuonyo South Coffee Project began . Photo by Jake Lyell

No matter what the news tells us, we are making progress in the fight against global poverty. But here’s the truly amazing part: many of us are doing it one small step, one small act at a time!

One way you do this with Lutheran World Relief is by investing in livelihoods of small-scale farmers, who very often lack the resources to get the most out of their land and crops. But all it takes just a few short minutes – and your generous gift – to change all that.

And what a difference it makes! Consider Atandi Wilkister, a coffee farmer who lives in the Rachuonyo South District of Western Kenya. There was a time when she wasn’t sure how she’d support her nine children, who she’d been left alone to raise. But with your support, she’s now growing more coffee, better coffee, and earning a good, sustainable income.

Your gift today takes just minutes to give but can change the lives of farmers like Atandi forever.

 

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Coffee is a cash crop in this region of Kenya. It has the potential to earn farmers good income if they can produce high quality coffee that meets international buying standards. The problem was that Atandi and other farmers in her cooperative (called APOKO) weren’t producing sufficient amounts of good quality coffee. They also lacked good markets in which to sell their coffee.

Your support changes things.

Thanks to friends like you Atandi, and nearly 6,000 other farmers, have:

  • Learned important agricultural methods, such as pruning their coffee trees to prevent the cherries from spoiling, and on weeding and fertilizer use
  • Visited demonstration farmers, where successful farmers share their methods so that other farmers can replicate them
  • A cooperative with better processing equipment to preserve coffee quality after harvest

Now Atandi is producing more coffee than ever before! Her income has more than doubled – from $34 a month to $94. In addition to coffee, Atandi also grows corn and millet. With the training she’s learned, she is able to provide for her family like never before. See for yourself!

Help even more coffee farmers find long-lasting, sustainable livelihoods with a gift today.

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