Internship Opportunity with True Roots! (deadline August 25, 2017)

Internship Opportunity with True Roots! (deadline August 25, 2017)

Exciting news: we’re on the hunt for an intern! True Roots is looking to expand the scope and reach of their work, while providing practical experience to someone studying/seeking to work in the field of international development.

The intern will work directly with True Roots Consultant Summer Lewis. Summer has been working in the field of international development in a variety of areas over the past 15 years, and has a strong network of contacts around the world. This is as much a mentoring experience as an internship, with the opportunity to ask questions and get personalized feedback, advice, and coaching. Continue reading

Navigating the Field of International Development: Advice and Q&A Session – July 31, 2017 from 7:30 – 9 pm CST

Navigating the Field of International Development: Advice and Q&A Session – July 31, 2017 from 7:30 – 9 pm CST

Ever wondered what it’s like working in the field of international development? What should you study? How do you get a job? How should you connect with organizations and practitioners? What other opportunities are out there?

True Roots Consultant Summer Lewis has studied and worked in the field of international development over the past 15 years and she gets asked these questions a lot. Here’s your chance to get some answers! Join Summer for “Navigating the Field of International Development: Advice and Q&A Session,” July 31, 2017 from 7:30 – 9 pm CST (Mexico City time)!  Continue reading

A Story of Success and Resiliency: The Asociación Chajulense de Mujeres in Guatemala

A Story of Success and Resiliency: The Asociación Chajulense de Mujeres in Guatemala

We recently came across a blog post from The Coffee Trust celebrating the continued success of Juana Hu Mateo and the Asociación Chajulense de Mujeres (The Chajulense Women’s Association) in Guatemala. True Roots consultants Jose Luis Zárate and Summer Lewis had the honor of working with Juana Hu Mateo and the Asociación for many years, and it’s a joy to hear about this group’s self-sufficiency and resiliency over the years! Continue reading

“Entrepreneurship and Microfinance” Presentation, Rotary Presidential Peace Conference 2017

“Entrepreneurship and Microfinance” Presentation, Rotary Presidential Peace Conference 2017

True Roots Consultant Summer Lewis was invited to speak at the Rotary Presidential Peace Conference during the Rotary International Convention in June 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The Presidential Peace Conference featured keynote speakers Bernice A. King, chief executive officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations. Together with non-profit leaders, policy makers, educators, and representatives from global institutes for economics, health, and peace, experts joined together to discuss sustainable peacebuilding.  
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Monitoring and Evaluation for Rotary International and the Institute for Economics and Peace (Puebla, México)

Monitoring and Evaluation for Rotary International and the Institute for Economics and Peace (Puebla, México)

In late May, more than 300 youth leaders from every state in Mexico attended “A Stronger México: Pillars of Positive Peace,” a 2-day intensive training on the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP) groundbreaking peace measurement tools. True Roots is currently conducting monitoring and evaluation for this Rotary Global Grant, a joint effort of the Rotary Foundation, IEP, and Rotary District 4185 in Mexico.  Continue reading

True Value Chains

True Value Chains

Amy Kay Pavlovich, owner of Connected Fair Trade, recently wrote about the power of connection between individuals and organizations committed to making this world a better place. She featured True Roots consultant Summer Lewis and her former student employee Azmina Karim in her blog post, “Amazing Friends of Amazing Friends”:

“Fair Trade brings like minded people around the world together.  Sometimes it is through the short business chain of producers, importing partners and retailers.  Sometimes, as in this case, it is through friends of friends of friends.  Continue reading

Gender Analysis for Coffee Quality Institute’s The Partnership for Gender Equity (Chiapas and Veracruz, México)

Gender Analysis for Coffee Quality Institute’s The Partnership for Gender Equity (Chiapas and Veracruz, México)

True Roots provides assessment, research, and impact measurement services for international development and social responsibility projects, with a focus on the coffee value chain. At the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, we provided our consulting services in Mexico for Coffee Quality Institute’s The Partnership for Gender Equity.  Continue reading

Diversification and Resiliency in Coffee-farming Communities

Diversification and Resiliency in Coffee-farming Communities

Visiting Honduras on a work trip in 2014, I saw and heard first-hand about the devastation caused by coffee leaf rust. I recently read a news article about Honduras’ recovery from coffee leaf rust, and record crop during the 2016-2017 harvest. It’s encouraging to see this sort of progress! The article cites government-funded programs launched in 2008 focused on renovating smallholder coffee plots (removing old trees and planting more disease resistant varieties) as one of the major drivers of the progress seen now. This got me thinking about coffee, development, and the related complexities. Continue reading

“Women and Globalization” Course (Online)

“Women and Globalization” Course (Online)

Over the past 15 years, True Roots consultant Summer Lewis has worked in the field of international development, with significant experience in the coffee value chain, fair trade, and gender. Based on her expertise, she created and teaches “Women and Globalization,” a course examining contemporary economic and political globalization through the lens of the coffee value chain. In following a cup of coffee from seed to mug, and the women and their families that make it possible, students are asked to reflect on how globalization has impacted the coffee supply chain, development, and women.
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“International Development” Course (Online)

“International Development” Course (Online)

True Roots consultant Summer Lewis designed and teaches the online course, “International Development,” based on more than 15 years of experience studying and working in the field in more than 30 countries. The course provides a “real world” perspective on international development via contemporary readings, podcasts, videos, as well as interviews with professionals in the field. Students learn about the theories, actors, and evolution of international development, cooperation, and aid, while analyzing trends and critiques. 

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