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Giving Thanks…Tanzania and Burundi


Written by Dahlia Guajardo on November 22, 2013 in General, List

In this season of Thanksgiving, Plant With Purpose thanks you for partnering with us to serve and empower the rural poor!

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This next series of blogs will focus on what we are grateful for in each of the six countries where Plant With Purpose programs are located, beginning with Tanzania and Burundi.

In Tanzania, we give thanks for:

 

Reconnecting people with God and the environment…

which is happening through the “Redemptive Agriculture” Bible study. This year, 84 churches, 69 schools, and even 2 mosques participated in this program.

Restoring productivity to the land…

by establishing biointensive organic gardens. 1,779 families are participating, and farmers report that their crop yields have increased by 64% on average!

Helping farmers save more money…

in the more than 170 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) groups that Plant With Purpose trains, supports, and oversees. VSLA groups provide farmers with crucial savings for emergencies and important capital for starting small businesses.


 

In Burundi, we give thanks for:

 

Families who are feeding themselves…

in a country that with the highest rate of hunger in the world-73.4 percent of the population is undernourished. By partnering with Plant With Purpose, 3,526 farming families have been given the tools needed to gain food security and improved nutrition.

Developing business…

as Plant With Purpose Burundi opened a new cassava flour processing plant this past summer. The business expects to benefit more than 150 cassava farmers through the purchase of raw cassava.

Spiritual renewal…

through the “Theology of Work” seminar in which 347 pastors and church leaders gained leadership development and theological training. One of the participants, Pastor Zacharia, said the seminar taught him how to develop and improve families, churches, and communities.

Pastor Zacharia, BU
Pastor Zacharia, left, with Noah, Plant With Purpose’s Holistic Ministry Director

In response, Pastor Zacharia’s church decided to rethink the way that they use the 20 acres of land the church owns. The congregation concluded that they will begin planting bananas. Anyone from the community can now come and cultivate the land and benefit from the harvest!


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