It has always been the intent of Growers First to "give a hand up instead of a hand out."
Twenty-five years ago, our President, Dave Day, met Lorenzo, a campesino from Oaxaca, Mexico, seeking work. As they worked together, Lorenzo's stories and photos revealed a heartbreaking reality – leaving his family and homeland was his desperate attempt to escape economic hardship, the only way to ensure their survival.
Inspired by Lorenzo, Dave explored Oaxaca. Despite skilled farmers in an ideal environment, oppressive poverty weighed on the region. The Oaxacan farmers did not use fertilizers or pesticides due to the added expense, and by all means were producing organic crops. Yet their lack of access to become certified to sell their crops as organic meant they were forced to earn far less. Witnessing the demoralization of indigenous communities sparked Dave's call to action.
Dave's mission started with helping farmers get organic certification, boosting their earnings by 24%. He then connected indigenous farmers directly to the global market, sparking profound transformations. Realizing the impact, Dave sold his coffee company to establish Growers First, dedicating his life to serving indigenous farmers and their communities.
Growers First stands as a beacon of hope and sustainability. We empower indigenous farmers by aiding in organic and fair trade certification, connecting them directly to global markets. Our annual medical missions bring essential care to overlooked communities. Leadership summits for farming pastors strengthen village backbones. The Semillas intern program nurtures the next generation, providing hands-on training and mentorship. Currently supporting 300 families and expanding to Honduras and Panama, Growers First transforms villages into thriving, sustainable farming enterprises, fostering long-term community well-being.
Debilitating Poverty to Economic Opportunity
Your generous donations will help indigenous farmers and their families create viable incomes for themselves and future generations.
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