Travel Diary: Women in India Raise Their Voices

Colors. Rich, vibrant colors as far as the eye could see. During my recent trip to India, I was in wonder of the vibrant, rich colors that seemed to be everywhere and on everything – including the beautiful saris worn by the women gathered at the first ever Women Farmer’s Convention in Losinga, Bihar. More [...]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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Why Fighting Poverty Means Investing in Women

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). Throughout the month of March, celebrate IWD with Lutheran World Relief. Visit lwr.org/women for free resources to share with your family and friends how your support uplifts women around the world.  Why does it matter if LWR and other organizations work to uplift women living in poverty around the [...]Read More...

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Why Invest in Women?

We have long made intentional investments in women in our work around the world. Just searching the tag “women,” or “women farmers” on our blog brings up hundreds of posts over the past few years. That’s why we like this 2011 infographic from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that clearly enumerates the benefits of [...]Read More...

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10 Facts about Clean Cookstoves

Last week, CNN highlighted Nancy Hughes, the founder of StoveTeam International, the organization who makes clean burning Ecocina stoves, as one of their CNN Heroes.  Last October, we wrote about distributing dozens of these stoves in El Salvador as part of our “Building Resilience” project. Inspired by CNN Hero Nancy Hughes, here are ten facts [...]Read More...

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God Made a Farmer – Recognizing Women Farmers

Inspired by the Super Bowl advertisement featuring Paul Harvey and Dodge, we want to recognize the important contributions all farmers make. Especially women farmers. Rural Women produce more than half of all food grown in developing developed countries, yet own less than a third of all land. Watch our tribute to the millions of women [...]Read More...

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Election Day: Let’s Bring Civic Participation to Every Community

My Facebook feed is currently going crazy with friends’ hopes, fears and dreams for today’s local and national elections. Hundreds of declarative “I Voted” and imperative “Vote XX!” images and status updates show the passion that this day brings every four years. And tonight, I’m certain many of us will be glued to our (multiple) [...]Read More...

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Photo of the Day: Fields of Green

Agnesh is a woman from the Jamui District of northeast India. 85% of the population in her area depends on agriculture as their main source of income, yet most of the farming is done with low quality seeds that are not cost effective and generate low yields. These farmers also tend to have little access [...]Read More...

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Photo of the Day: Kandalady Market, Sri Lanka

This photo was sent to us by a consultant who is evaluating our work in Sri Lanka that is helping to alleviate long-term hunger and poverty. She says, “Following our jarring interviews about poverty and the lure of work through agents yesterday, this scene has tremendous meaning for me — and more for the women [...]Read More...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

On March 8, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the theme of empowering rural women to end poverty and hunger. Rural women in developing countries face many challenges to building better lives. Lutheran World Relief is proud to work side-by-side with women to address the root causes of their communities’ poverty and work toward lasting promise. [...]Read More...

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