Farmer Hero

From factory laborers to stewards of the land: how one Honduran family found resilience back at the farm

Mirna Barahona, Edgardo Garcia and their three sons live in El Tule community, in the western department of Santa Barbara, Honduras. When they are not in school, the boys work with their parents on their 3.4-acre shade coffee plantation, or tend to their corn and beans food crops, spread across three different fields that together […]

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Pobaadou Lankoande, Transforming Her Life with Agroecology

Pobaadou Lankoande has transformed her life with agroecology. Thanks to the support of our amazing donors, Groundswell International has played a vital role. Pobaadou has her own inspiring story, lifting herself out of poverty. But it goes beyond that. She is a leader, and has spread her success to many other women in surrounding villages […]

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Overcoming Food Insecurity in Burkina Faso

For as long as Kiribamba Pokouma can remember, her family of six has regularly faced food insecurity due to scarce rainfall and the resulting poor harvests in eastern Burkina Faso. Kiribamba began vegetable gardening during the dryseason as a way of coping with this food insecurity and supporting her family. “I prefer market gardening to […]

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Farmer Innovation in Burkina Faso: Using Shea Butter as a Natural Fertilizer

Mariam Ouango is a 57-year-old farmer and mother of six who lives in the village of Tibga in Burkina Faso. Mariam earns her livelihood from farming, animal breeding, and transforming non-timber forest products into value-added products like Shea butter. Over the years, Mariam has participated in a number of trainings such as soap processing, cowpea production, savings […]

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Joseph Baptiste

Ivoire is a small, rural village in the Chaine des Matheux mountain range in West Haiti. The region is known for poor road access—it takes two hours by foot to reach Ivoire from the nearest town at the bottom of the mountain. Subsistence farming is the way of life for families in Ivoire, but the […]

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