This issue of GROW celebrates the newest winners of the Paul Polak Innovation Fund! Also in this issue: Students at Lukomba Secondary School are learning to grow their own vegetables – Stu’s travel diary, Bolgatanga, Ghana – An update on Debirtu, a mother with a small family farm in Ethiopia.
Check out the Fall 2022 issue of GROW for an update on Her Time to Grow. Also in this issue: Celebrate with the Sama Sama team in Ghana on their 10,000 toilet sale – See how your support has lead women to thrive and expand their farms in Ethiopia – Learn about the Paul Polak Innovation Fund (it’s like Dragon’s Den for international development).
In this issue, you will read about some of the ways your support has helped us to tackle hard problems in new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. The same principles that have helped millions increase their incomes with low-cost irrigation pumps are also bringing clean water to millions of Cambodians and marketing the lifesaving act of hand-washing.
In 2020 our teams around the globe have found new ways to overcome challenging times, our clients in the field are resilient, and our donors have been showing support in the midst of a pandemic. In this issue, you’ll read about: the actions we have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Northern Ghana, how the lockdown is affecting farmers in Nepal, and about women’s empowerment in our social enterprise.
In the Winter 2020 issue you’ll read about the successes YOU made possible in 2019, like our Plant Doctor program in Nepal that’s empowering women to bring new technology, expertise, and hope for struggling farmers. Join young traveler Rebecca Dyck as she experiences firsthand a fact-finding mission to Nicaraguan passion fruit farms, then learn how new research is increasingly supporting iDE’s gender-equality strategy worldwide and, finally, as we begin a new decade we invite you to read (or re-read) iDE founder Paul Polak’s three principles for assessing a social enterprise venture’s potential.
In this issue, read about Sama Sama’s Ebenezer Atsugah showcasing the prototype of a de-sludging truck he designed, with financial support from iDE. Meet a young leader, like engineering student Melanie Holland, and Suraya Ibrahim – manager of iDE’s Sunsong chili farm, who connects small farmers with improved farming technologies and new commercial opportunities. In your reading, you can witness how creative solutions, can make a real and lasting difference around the globe.
As you read through this issue, we hope you will be excited by the potential for new generations of supporters and entrepreneurs to transform poverty into prosperity. We are excited about stories from the field and by the power of an emerging generation that can make it possible to eradicate extreme poverty around the globe.