I am writing to thank you for your recent support of Sustainable Harvest International
(SHI) through Eco-Libris. We acknowledge the receipt of funding from Eco-Libris on
6/15/10 for the planting of 143 trees on behalf of Global Sky. Your generosity allows us to
assist more than 2,100 families [including graduates] in over 150 struggling communities
in Central America. With your help, Sustainable Harvest International is able to provide
the long-term technical assistance necessary for farmers to successfully adopt practices that
have a lasting environmental, economic, and social impact. I was blessed to see this first-
hand again on a recent trip to Panama.
One example of this success is Luis Rodriguez, a Panamanian farmer [known as “Don
Pipo” by the locals] who has been working with Sustainable Harvest International (SHI)
for two years. He and his family are entering Phase II of working with SHI which focuses
on improved nutrition and agricultural production as well as the strengthening of
previously taught techniques.
Early on during his work with us, Don Pipo shared the following:
For me, working with Sustainable Harvest International is the best thing that could
I feel so proud of having started to work with SHI, because in the middle of the dry
season I have different vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, chili peppers,
mustard, celery, onions, and green beans. It’s important to say that I’ve only
applied the organic fertilizers that we prepare ourselves. All my neighbors are so
surprised by my garden that they all want to be helped by SHI now. We’ve talked
with our field trainer, Diomedes, and he said that we will have another person very
soon to tend to new families.
I started a very small garden at my house, but now I have the one at my house as
well as a larger plot. I work alone with my daughter, and the two of us take turns
watering. We think that a part of this harvest will be for eating, and also for selling
– to get income for other things we need to buy. I hope to have a permanent crop
that will also generate some income, because it’s time that I have something
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permanent in my soil. Shaded coffee is one of my priorities for commercial
Many thanks to the members of Sustainable Harvest International who are doing
great work with Panama from very far away and to the field trainers who work at
our side. I hope you will be able to provide assistance to more families, since we
all need this valuable knowledge in order to improve our lives and protect the
environment at the same time.
An update to Don Pipo’s story: With the recent installation of a hydraulic water pump,
Luis is able to harvest vegetables year-round. The family continues to be a good steward
of the environment while at the same time generating income by supplying organically
grown cassava, tomatoes, oranges, and string beans to a Community Supported Agriculture
(CSA) group. Imagine the difference we are making for the Rodriguez family and
thousands of others like them.
Again, I am truly and deeply thankful for your continued commitment to alleviating
poverty and restoring hope to impoverished Central American communities. Please
accept the enclosed page of photos as a small token of my gratitude.
P.S. Please let us know if you can think of anyone else who might like to hear about SHI’s
work. We would love to send them an introductory letter and information packet.
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