Life-Giving: Give an
Alternative Gift this season that keeps on giving,
as a single gift or a monthly pledge.Your gift
will be acknowledged to the receiver with a
José is a farmer and has
selling his organic sesame seeds to our agriculture
cooperative since 1996. When he began he and his
wife lived in a shack with a dirt floor and an outhouse
in the back. His wife took in wash to add money to
their income from the farming. They had two children
and even though it was a financial strain to send them to
school, they did.
Because we helped José get and keep organic certification for his
crops, his land has stayed fertile and he and his
family healthy and free of toxins in pesticides.
He also got better prices and has been able to expand
some. Our agronomist has worked with him for years
helping him overcome problems and improve his yields.
As a result, José’s family now
lives in a home with indoor plumbing and a tiled floor.
They no longer have a wood burning cook stove, but cook with
propane, which saves them money, saves trees, and saves the
lungs of everyone in the family. His wife no longer
takes in wash but now has someone who comes in to help her!
They are not wealthy by any means but they are more
secure and life is much easier…THIS is what is hoped
for…not only easing people’s burdens but actually moving
people out of poverty.
This season, give a gift to
the Vida Fund to help provide capital to
farmers like José who are just starting out.