When Women Gather

When Women Gather, Great Things Happen!

Ahh, summer. Full of sunshine, travel, friends, family, and, for LWR staff and many of you — events!  This past summer, we had the privilege of attending two of our favorites — the national gatherings for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) and the Women of the ELCA. These events are always full of faithful [...]Read More...

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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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5 Things You May Not Know About Coffee

  An estimated 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. We are so passionate about it we’ve even fashioned a whole dialect around ordering it from coffeehouses. 1. The United States is not the largest importer of coffee While coffee is the largest food import in the [...]Read More...

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A freshly opened cocoa pod from Liborio's farm

New cocoa standards mean better taste and better lives

If you love coffee or chocolate, I bet you know exactly what you look for in these products. Maybe you drink dark roast coffee because of its full body and strong caffeine jolt, or maybe you prefer 60% cacao chocolate because of its slight bitterness. Throughout my life, career, and especially in my time as Lutheran [...]Read More...

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vegetables from sands of Sahara desert

Ali grows vegetables from sands of Sahara desert

Ali Forach fled conflict in Mali and has been living in Mberra refugee camp in Mauritania since 2012. “When I arrived, there was nothing here,” Ali recalls. “From here to the horizon only hills of sand.” Now, he is growing peanuts and watermelons in a place where the desert heat can reach 120 degrees during [...]Read More...

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Luisito Turtor prepares his land for rice planting

Luisito’s Community Can Flourish With New Water System

Luisito Turtor is using a mud boat to prepare his land for rice planting. He’s able to do this because of a new water system in his community and pumps that carry the water to his thirsty fields. With a better water supply, his family is healthier too. Luisito and his family live in Agusan [...]Read More...

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Etrenine Errilus, 50, poses for a portrait with daughter Delnise Derice, 18, in her home garden in the town of Falingant, in Haiti's Northeast province.

Help families in Haiti recover from disaster and move forward

Etrenine lives in Haiti, where she and her family depend on their crops to have enough to eat. Even before Hurricane Matthew’s 100-mile-per-hour winds, flooding and mudslides wreaked havoc on the small island nation in October 2016, this family was struggling to get by. Then the storm destroyed most of Etrenine’s crops and they were left with [...]Read More...

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Group of children and adults

Asking the Right Questions: Inside an LWR Project Evaluation

Asking the right questions - ones that will help to understand the true impact of a project - is crucial to improving our work around the world. Recently Morgan Mercer, of ACDI/VOCA, attended LWR's evaluation of the Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) project in Nicaragua, which used two creative methods to get meaningful feedback directly from the people involved in the project. [...]Read More...

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