Lemonade International Blog

Category: Economic Development

Photo of the Week

In La Limonada, Otto’s shoe workshop is a place of hard work, deep friendship, and vibrant faith. (Photo by Silent Images)

Strengthening Family Ties Through Economic Development [Guest Post]

This post is written by Bethany Tran, the founder of The Root Collective, an online retailer of high quality, ethically sourced products from La Limonada and other developing communities around the world. See also her earlier guest posts, The Power of Ethical Fashion and The Dream Becomes Reality. When The Root Collective launched, we started […]

Supporting The Effort

As many of you know, last month we had the opportunity to open the Lima Academy in the neighborhood of La Limonada called El Esfuerzo (“The Effort”). Along with this great achievement, in the microenterprise program we also had the privilege to support a group of entrepreneurs in this neighborhood. These are Joarcy, Carlos, Rolando, […]

Everything Healthy Grows

I like the phrase “everything healthy grows.” But I also think it is important not only grow healthily but to remain. We who work in the vocational training program are grateful and celebrating grow healthily and with the wishes of remain for long. It is a joy for us to savor the fruits of the […]

Shoes, Backpacks, and Generosity at Work

As you know, through our Give Christmas campaign late last year, we met our goal to raise $15,000 to provide shoes and school supplies for students in our academies—thanks to the contributions of over 80 people. Even better, the shoes and handmade backpacks were the work of local artisans Otto and Willy, which means that […]

The Dream Becomes Reality [Guest Post]

This post is written by Bethany Tran, the founder of The Root Collective, an online retailer of high quality, ethically sourced products from La Limonada and other developing communities around the world. See also her earlier guest post, The Power of Ethical Fashion. Shortly before The Root Collective launched in early November, I had the […]

New Opportunity Through Business and Savings

This story about recent participants in our economic development work in La Limonada comes from Sam Brizuela, our Micro-Enterprise Program Coordinator. Previously, Sam has blogged about a financial management course and business training for clients. It’s been about two months since we first met these two families.* Our first approach was through a reference telling us […]

Featured Partner: Lifechurch & Lifechurch Español

We want to thank our partners from Lifechurch in Allentown, PA for hosting Tita the weekend of August 17. We’re grateful to the leaders of the church and the Lifechurch Español congregation for investing in our partnership and our work in solidarity with the people of La Limonada. Lifechurch is where Cherie and I served […]

Otto’s Shoes – Featured in Guatemalan Shoe Stores & Catalog

Many of you have been following the story of the La Limonada shoemaker, Don Otto, who has been making shoes for the children at the Academies as part of our Give Christmas campaign the past two years. Some of you have had the chance to meet Otto, and you may have even purchased a pair […]

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