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Benjamín, DR: Leadership is knowing how to serve people, knowing the problems of your community

Benjamín has been a member of Plant With Purpose's program as a Dominican Republic farmer for four years. In that time he has applied his new knowledge and practices and seen his life improve alongside his community's. We had a chance to ask Benjamín a few questions about his experience and outlook. What challenges did […]
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The environmental connection between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

In May of 2004, an extraordinary rain drenched the mountains of Haiti, in a place I had never heard of before, called Fonds Verrettes. We are used to the hurricanes: Georges, Ivan, Gustave, Ike, Sandy, Matthew; but the storm that brought this rain didn’t even have a name.  Over the course of a week, almost […]
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Teresa: “I always knew God can do everything."

Teresa talks about the transformation of her life, before and after partnering with Plant With Purpose. “Before, my life was a real challenge. I worked a lot but the money was never enough because I didn't know how to manage myself,” she told us. “I wasted money on things that did not improve my living […]
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Reflections on the Vision Trip to the Dominican Republic

I finally had the opportunity meet some of the partnering farmers in person and see up close the work that the smallholder farm success is producing that our Dominican Republic colleagues make possible. Seeing this was a treat. From cacao in Ozama the first day to coffee in Nizao to another cacao project in Ozama […]
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Poverty and Religion: Evidence on the role of faith in poverty reduction

Corey Chin, Plant with Purpose - Economic Development from caremin on Vimeo. It's a real privilege to be here with you all. This has been a great couple of days. So at Plant With Purpose, we combat environmental degradation, climate change, conditions of poverty, and broken relationships by healing the land, people, and relationships. And […]
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Dos Bocas to Zanzibar: A round-the-globe look at Plant With Purpose

It continues to be a busy and fruitful time for Plant With Purpose with many members of the team engaged in various activities "round the globe." Here's a quick look at some updates from our various partners around the world.
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In the voices of our partners

One of the more complex nuances of working across different countries and cultures is storytelling and communication. When done poorly, organizations run several risks: from dehumanizing the people they seek to help to diminishing the role local actors play in advancing progress. In this post, CEO Scott Sabin shares how to allow our partners to […]
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LET THE LOCALS LEAD

While having country-based leadership in all of our programs is important, we take it a step further and the advantage of local leadership is undeniable.  The importance of having local ownership over our mission and program activities has been emphasized at Plant With Purpose from the very beginning. Back in 1984, Plant With Purpose was […]
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Andres from Zumbador

Like much of the world, Andres relied on land to live Getting to Andres’ farm from any of the Dominican Republic’s main roads takes a series of dusty streets and switchbacks. The closer you get to the farm, the more and more it starts to look like the Garden of Eden, with coffee, bananas, cassava, […]
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The Value of Multilateral Partnerships

Plant With Purpose partners are autonomous but interdependent On the day that Plant With Purpose was established in 1984, two organizations were created as partners. Floresta International was founded in San Diego, California, and would later become known as Plant With Purpose. In the Dominican Republic, Floresta Incorporada was launched, where it continues working to […]
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My faith has come from difficult moments

Sometimes it’s the hardest moments of life that produce the most growth If we were to list out the most meaningful things we’ve done throughout our life and then make a second list featuring the most difficult things we’ve ever done, I suspect we’d find a good amount of overlap. Things that are worthwhile are […]
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Breaking Ground in the Borderlands

If you’ve been to the Dominican Republic, chances are, you saw the eastern part of the country, either the coast or the area around the capital of Santo Domingo. Statistically, these are the places most visitors go. Far fewer visitors go west. If you have, you may have more intimate knowledge of the Dominican Republic, […]
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The only nail polish I use is dirt

Fefela stands out in her community for her hard work and dedication to restoration. In fact, Fefela might never sit down. During our team’s visit to her community of Los Piños, she was up and moving the entire time, making sure that everything was running smoothly. The community of Los Piños in the Dominican Republic […]
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God is very much alive

Has God ever felt quiet to you? God is always present and near. But that doesn’t mean it always feels that way. Throughout the course of one’s lifetime, there may be long stretches of silence and seasons that feel unusually dry. Sometimes, our relationship with God can feel like going on a long road trip […]
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This is what gratitude looks like

At the end of each year, many of us try to turn our focus towards gratitude. We reflect on what really matters in our lives. We take inventory of blessings. We go around the table at Thanksgiving to share what we are thankful for, then reinforce our gratitude in family newsletters shortly afterwards. We are […]
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