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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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Group Focus: India (Dayanand Handloom Project)

Starting now and hroughout 2012, we’ll be including updates from our livelihood groups so you get to know them better. This will be greatly facilitated by trips to visit nine current (and several potential new) partner groups. Director Rose Brewer is in Africa for most of January visiting three in Kenya and one in Uganda, […]

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Cancer survivor’s story

From the Philippines comes the story of Lourdes Buya, a cancer survivor with whom SEED is partnering to open a siomai (food) cart.  She calls it “Where are My Friends?” “I grew up in a family that is considered rich by Philippine standards.  My father is a doctor and my mother is a businesswoman who […]

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Pigs in Process

One of our exciting new efforts is working with Pastora Paula (Pol) Guazon in the Philippines. Pastora Pol approached us a few months ago, saying that she knew of a group of women in the Amparo Free Methodist Church that would like to begin raising pigs for their livelihood.

A couple of women in the area had already done this successfully, so the technical knowledge was already there. This is a key element in SEED’s philosophy: it is our desire to come alongside people who…

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A myriad of new possibilities

In the past month we have been excited at all the possible livelihood groups with which we might partner.  It seems that almost everyone we talk with has an idea for someone who could be a SEED Livelihood Network partner.  Just by way of example, we have recently had conversations like these: a pastor talked […]

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Two New Groups

SEED Livelihood Network has recently started working with two new groups that won’t produce anything that reaches the US market. This is an exciting critical step on our way to being a more robust network for sustainable livelihoods. A group in Cameroon is eager to start a business centered on a cassava grinding machine. SEED […]

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Exciting New Possibilities

One of the exciting things about where SEED Livelihood Network is right now is that the world is full of possibilities. We continue to work with our product-based livelihood groups, but we have also started working with our first two non-product groups. More on that in the next blog post. For now, we just want […]

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