Last minute gift idea!
*This post about a last minute gift idea has been written by my friends at Plant With Purpose, a charity that helps families around the world. From time to time I hope to share charity options to consider. Thank you to Plant With Purpose for writing this article, thank you to my readers for considering this charity that our family stands behind!*
Give the Gift of Hope to Mothers This Christmas
Poverty is a heavy burden. It’s especially heavy for moms—the women who make the world go round. In rural Tanzania, women grow 75% of the food that is nourishing their children and their country. But children are still hungry and despite their best efforts, female farmers remain the poorest of the poor.
Hellen is one of these moms—a farmer with three kids living in Masia Mamba, Tanzania. Hellen is also a widow. She runs the family farm and provides for her children entirely on her own. From a tiny plot of land measuring a half-acre, Hellen coaxes forth food to feed her family and sell for income. For years, Hellen struggled to make ends meet, each day watching her dreams for her children—of education and opportunity—fade.
But since partnering with Plant With Purpose, a San Diego-based nonprofit, Hellen’s story has changed. She’s learned to maximize what little land she has through agricultural trainings, and her small farm now produces three times what it used to. Through a community-led savings group, Hellen received small loans that allowed her to buy a dairy cow, four goats, and 26 chickens. She shares, “Regardless [of the fact] that I am a widow, I manage my family life and pay for my children’s school fees.”
That’s why Plant With Purpose believes in empowering female farmers. Women like Hellen don’t want handouts—just opportunities. These mothers are forces of nature who can change their own circumstances and care for their families. They just need the right tools and resources.
This season, consider empowering mothers around the world. Visit Plant With Purpose’s Online Gift Catalog to discover how your gift will open a world of opportunity for families this holiday season. In honor of a loved one, you can…
- Support a female farmer
- Provide materials and training for a family garden
- Give economic opportunity through savings-led microfinance
You and your family can give hope and dignity to moms like Hellen around the world with this simple last minute gift idea.
*images are by Plant With Purpose and shared with permission.*