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Seeds + Knowledge = Hope

Seeds + Knowledge = Hope

When we met Margarida, a single mother raising four children in rural Mozambique, it was clear she needed help. Her family was working tirelessly to grow food the best way they knew how, but each harvest barely produced enough to stave off starvation, leaving little to nothing leftover to take […]

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Food Security Doesn’t Always Equal Nutrition

Food Security Doesn’t Always Equal Nutrition

One in eight households in the United States is food insecure. That means that over 40 million people do not have access to enough food. Globally, there are over 2 billion people struggling with food security. Many of these individuals and families don’t access to enough food. But for some, the issue is not […]

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Planting Seeds of Hope in Mozambique

Planting Seeds of Hope in Mozambique

In Mozambique, there is very little work to be had, causing families to survive on what they grow themselves in tiny plots of land called machambas. Flora, a mother of five, works hard each day to get her machamba to produce enough to keep her family fed.“We live off the […]

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Food Security For A Family of Ten

Food Security For A Family of Ten

In the rural jungles of Bolivia stands a two-room adobe house with no doors or windows, Here lives Adriana Franco Cáceres, her husband, their six children and two little grandchildren. Overall, they are a happy, loving family. But they also suffer their own challenges. Adriana is the only family member […]

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Advancing Women’s Land Rights in Nicaragua

Advancing Women’s Land Rights in Nicaragua

Since 2017 Esperanca has been working with rural communities in Nicaragua to provide land grants and ongoing agricultural education to improve the sustainability of small farmers in the region. Over 200 families have participated across 8 communities. The group has also built and maintained 4 new seed banks. Petrona is […]

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Scorching Temperatures Devastate Crops in Mozambique

Scorching Temperatures Devastate Crops in Mozambique

According to the World Food Programme, 80% of the population of Mozambique cannot afford an adequate diet, causing 42.3% of children under five to be stunted in growth.  In fact, the country ranked 102 of 118 in the most recent Global Hunger Index.  This year has been especially difficult for […]

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Healthy Food Workshops Are Fighting Malnutrition in Bolivia

Healthy Food Workshops Are Fighting Malnutrition in Bolivia

Placida Segovia Martínez lives in Monte Sud, Bolivia. She is a happy mother of three, an entrepreneurial fighter and always seeks to move her family forward despite the problems that arise. Every day look different for Placida. As a single mother, providing for her family includes embroidering blouses, washing clothes, […]

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Greenhouse School: A Space for Learning and Nutrition in Peru

Greenhouse School: A Space for Learning and Nutrition in Peru

Written by: Dr. Jesus Tupacyupanqui Zuniga, from Esperança’s partner, CADEP José María Arguedas CuscoInocencio Loayza Linares is a teacher and director at the Coluyo Community school in the Q’eros Nation, teaching primary level education. Every morning he prepares his breakfast and goes to work, which is next to his house. […]

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The gift of one father to his Family

The gift of one father to his Family

In the small community of Colón Abajo, nestled within the Department of Jinotega in central Nicaragua, the climate is warm and dry, often referred to as “The Dry Zone.” This harsh environment makes it difficult to grow crops. Locals refer to the dry winter months as “La estación de la […]

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October 15, 2016 – Today We Honor Rural Women

October 15, 2016 – Today We Honor Rural Women

Did you know rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population?
In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 percent of the agricultural labor force, and produce, process and prepare much of the

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