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Known by the Bag

When Rose was last in Miraj, India visiting the Dayanand Handloom Project, she met this gentleman, who told a fascinating story about the bag he carries. The bag was made by the Dayanand group, known as a group of people who have been healed from Hansen’s Disease (formerly known as leprosy). Miraj is in the […]

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Hermana Gloria and Cultural Tradition

Sometime last year, Hermana Gloria Sucilli (shown at left) of the Mujeres Jireh livelihood group calculated prices.  She sent word that she (and therefore SEED) could decrease the cost of the handwoven cloth & leather bags if we didn’t use natural dyes.  The decrease would be nice, but we thought it would be better to […]

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D is for Development

Rose and I have been blessed to visit many churches to share about SEED, about the work we’ve been doing over the past year, and to recommend investing in a development group project instead of only purchasing product. We continue to get donations for these development groups from individuals, but one of the exciting things […]

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Welcome to Community, Part 2

A different aspect of community came to light during my time in Cebu, the Philippines. Pastor Allan and Pastora Naomi Prochina have led the Light & Life Christian Fellowship for several years, and just in the past six months have also been leading services at an outreach church in a different part of Cebu. The […]

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Welcome to Community, Part 1

One aspect of the recent SEED Asia trip that stood out repeatedly was the sense of being welcomed into the community. The reception went beyond gracious and was more warm and family-feeling. It made me think deeply about the idea of partnership. Sometimes I think we can make the mistake of thinking that we are partnering […]

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Growing organic SEED partnerships

When people ask how SEED started, I tell them it started organically and has grown organically.  That’s important to us… and so is being intentional.  Especially after having an urban gardener grow organic vegetables in our yard for two years, we know: the best produce come from seeds that are organically and intentionally grown.  It […]

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Celebrating Int’l Women’s Day – Faraja and Joy!

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women, a day to call for justice for women who are oppressed, and a day to nurture and inspire girls. David and I (Rose) are in the midst of three months full of working with livelihood groups in person.  I had the great honor of working […]

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