The Big Deal About Fair Trade Bananas

As I mentioned yesterday, our friendly Ecuadorian banana farmer, Wilson Sanchez, is a member of the Association of Small Banana Producers El Guabo, which brings together 14 smaller groups of banana producers (accounting for around 320 active

Taking a Hit While They're Down

Flooding and mudslides wiped out homes, animal shelters and livestock for 121 Heifer-supported families in eastern Uganda this week. None of our project participants were hurt, but 45 Heifer animals have died so far. The flooding took place about

The Joy of a Passing on the Gift Recipient

A few weeks ago, I shared a story of a Passing on the Gift® celebration held by the group Nueva Amanecer (New Dawn) in Tontolo, Honduras, and included some video of the second of two POG ceremonies. I want to share one more video of the

How To: Make a Difference

"If you think something small can't make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room." Sometimes it's hard to imagine the little things that we do can make a big difference. Fact is, the little things have a way of making the

Ecuador: Into the Banana Republic

For whatever reason, my 2-year-old associates the word "errand" with bananas. I say, "I've got to run some errands," and she says, "You get more bo-mannas? You come back more bo-mannas?" Okay, so it might have something to do with our family of

Rebuilding the Heifer Ranch

Written by Michelle Izaguirre, Senior Director of Learning Centers Heifer Ranch is slowly beginning to recover from the damages that occurred from the tornado that hit the Ranch on April 25, 2011.  As of now we have repaired the pavilion if

Growing For Market

After we visited the agroecology market in Loja, Ecuador, we went to visit the farm of one of the vendors participating in the project. Maria and Rafael Paccha had a very diverse peri-urban farm with vegetables, fruit trees and an entire greenhouse