Changemaker Nomination: Sustainable Harvest International

Here’s one of our 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Sustainable Harvest International:

Here’s what Kimberly has to say about this awesome organization:

“I read on my chocolate bar that I could nominate an organization to benefit from your donation program. I have been donating to Sustainable Harvest International for several years. I think that the work that they do in teaching sustainable agricultural practices to people in Central America would dovetail nicely with the mission of your company.

The aspect I like best about SHI is that instead of simply telling people that slash and burn techinques are bad, they teach them new ways of farming. They also show them how those ways can improve the nutritional content of their meals, help them earn extra money, and improve their health.

Their model is that SHI must be invited into the community and they will only stay there for a few years to help the community get started. But the community must really desire to learn the new techniques so that they have ownership over it.

Thank you for your time and consideration of SHI, and thanks for being such a cool company (with extra tasty chocolate!)”

A little more about SHI:

The mission of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) is to provide farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet’s tropical forests while overcoming poverty.

Founded in 1997 by Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International addresses the tropical deforestation crisis in Central America by providing farmers with sustainable alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.

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