sustainable development

Process Makes Perfect

Process Makes Perfect

Many communities across the globe could benefit from our program. So, how do we go about deciding where to work? Renée Johnson, our executive director, explains how we selected our two newest communities in Belize.

Nancy and the Bank of Hope

Nancy and the Bank of Hope

Establishing a rural bank in Los Alonsos, Panama, didn’t just provide access to credit for Nancy Alonso and her community. The bank has meant more freedom, independence, and opportunity for women like Nancy and their families.

Building a Brighter Future

Building a Brighter Future

Rafael Rodríguez and María Hernández are making changes that impact their entire community. From their innovative greenhouse with its super efficient irrigation system, to the wood-conserving stoves that are conserving trees and reducing health risks, this couple is paving the way for a bright future in La Candelaria, Panama.

Behind the Scenes with our Board Chairs (Part Two!)

Behind the Scenes with our Board Chairs (Part Two!)

We recently published  a post by Steve Richards about his time as chair of our board of directors. Now, our incoming board chair, Charlotte Dougherty, chimes in to describe her experience with Sustainable Harvest International and her vision for our future. Charlotte writes:

On that first night of my 2011 visit, I listened to the laughter, squeals, and giggles of the children and their parents as we all settled down to sleep. I was witnessing real improvement, real change in people’s lives as a direct result of working with Sustainable Harvest International.”

A Day in the Life of Abner, EARTH Intern

A Day in the Life of Abner, EARTH Intern

Because I was interested in doing an internship in forestry, I was hoping Sustainable Harvest International’s work would focus mainly in this field. However, once I started working with Sustainable Harvest International in Panama I realized that the work was very different from what I had expected.

This wasn’t a negative thing for me, however. Sustainable Harvest International’s work is about forestry but it’s more complex than just that. 

To REM or Not to REM?

To REM or Not to REM?

Ricardo Romero, Program Impact Manager, explores our attempts measure the qualitative effect sustainable living has throughout a community once we've scaled back our support. 

Parakeets and All

It had been six years since I last visited Isabel’s farm and I didn’t know what to expect. The sound of rocks scraping the bottom of the rental car had gotten worse since picking up three additional passengers. After thirty minutes of jolting along the dusty road, I was relieved when we had to walk the last quarter mile. The hedge of hibiscus preceding the path to Isabel’s house looked the same, but the farm beyond looked less abundant than I remembered. I began to worry that our efforts had been in vain.