Green Strategies to Fight Poverty™
Poverty and the Environment: Why Now?
As the human costs of climate change escalate, we face intensifying droughts, heat waves, water shortages, crop failures, and the proliferation of diseases. Environmental calamities disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities by damaging areas where poor families work and live. Global trends of population growth, urbanization, and industrialization have catapulted the demand for energy and clean water to levels never seen before, and the demand for both of these necessities is projected to outpace supply.
Investors Asked. We Listened.
Calvert Foundation offers an opportunity for you to make a difference: environmentally sustainable investments with ties to poverty alleviation. This sector of our portfolio – “Green Strategies to Fight Poverty” – was created in response to investors and donors, who have for years indicated interest in an investment that addresses both environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation.
One example of this type of investment is our loan to Sustainable Harvest International (SHI). Farmer Don Cheyo (right) has invested his earnings into more land and diversified his crops. His wife now cooks their meals over a closed stove that uses less fuel and does not fill the house with smoke, improving her family's health and reducing the time they must spend gathering firewood.
Since 1997, SHI has worked with families in rural farming communities in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to improve both the economic and ecological lot of people and communities. Local Field Trainers provide on-the-ground support (currently working with 877 families in 100 communities), including seeds and training to help families establish organic gardens, and assistance installing wood-conserving clean cook stoves.
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Photo courtesy of Sustainable Harvest International