Changing the Currency of Rural Poverty
Written by Plant With Purpose on March 19, 2015 in Sower
By Scott Sabin, Executive Director
At Plant With Purpose we are working to bring about environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal to rural communities. This issue of The Sower highlights Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), which are our primary tool for economic empowerment.
There are many things I like about these cost-effective but powerful groups, not the least of which is the way they change participants’ self-image and their view of their own community. They are left with no dependence on outside institutions or outside capital. As a result, when members achieve success they have no doubt in their minds that it is because they have used their own talents. They are empowered.
Read more about how Village Savings and Loan Associations have shifted Plant With Purpose’s strategy and are providing a platform for everything else Plant With Purpose is accomplishing.
Changing the Currency of Rural Poverty
By Becky Rosaler, Marketing and Events Coordinator
Money. It’s what makes the world go ’round. It equips us to buy food and clothing, pay our water and electric bills, purchase services, obtain goods, get from one location to the next, and experience endless forms of entertainment.
Yet for poor rural families with limited funds, money represents barriers rather than opportunities. Lack of income reduces options, forces painful decisions, and leads to further despair. Arnulfo and Adriana Morales, a young couple from Montefrio, Mexico, understand this all too well. Confronted by desperate poverty, Arnulfo had little choice but to leave his family and immigrate to Los Angeles. He worked for six years as a day laborer, earning money to send back to his wife and children-the family he couldn’t afford to stay with. He explains, “It wasn’t because I wanted to leave, but because I had to.”
Sadly, their story is not an isolated one. But there is hope. Plant With Purpose is addressing crippling poverty in a way that empowers our partners and offers financial security.
Read more about how Plant With Purpose is bringing about economic empowerment in rural communities including details on Village Savings and Loan Associations and program growth.
Village Spotlight: Yati, Haiti
By Annelise Jolley, Outreach Coordinator
The small community of Yati lies on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Deep-seated prejudices create tension between the two cultures, and border communities feel the brunt of this friction. Millions of Haitians cross this boundary line illegally to seek opportunity in the more prosperous Dominican Republic, even while rural communities on both sides barely eke out a living from their farms.
Yet among the steep hillside farms of Yati, transformation is taking root.
70 percent of the world’s poor depend on the land to survive. But when trees are cut down, the land stops producing and families go hungry.
Enter Root 7. Your $7 plants 7 trees in 7 countries every month. When you join Root 7, you’re doing more than putting trees in the ground. You’re planting healing, opportunity, and hope for a better future. You see, trees restore the environment, clean the water, nourish the soil, protect farms from erosion, and provide a source of income and food for farming families. In short, trees are life to the rural poor.
We invite you to join the movement. Root 7 member benefits include a custom steel tumbler and regular updates on the impact your trees are making around the world.
Join today at plantwithpurpose.org/root-7.
Mark your calendars! The 2015 Planting Hope Gala will take place on Saturday, October 3. We are excited to announce that it will be held at a new location: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.
Once a quarter we invite you to join us at the San Diego office for an update on field programs and how lives and land are being restored. Set aside the following Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 pm: March 26, June 18, September 10, and December 10.
Do you know a teenager who is interested in social justice? Encourage them to join us at the Student Justice Conference this summer. The four-day event designed for high school juniors and seniors is being held at Point Loma Nazarene University July 30-August 2. Plant With Purpose is honored to be a title sponsor and presenter. Visit studentjusticeconference.com for more information. We hope to see you there!
If you haven’t visited one of Plant With Purpose’s programs, we’d love for you to consider joining us on an upcoming trip.
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