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Sister Carmelle - a kind, generous, and thoughtful person, who gave much love and joy. We at GreenMicrofinance were privileged to know her during our time in Fondwa Haiti.
Sr. Marie Carmelle Voltaire passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012.
We are thinking of our friends in Fondwa on this loss to the Community of Little Sisters of Antoine and the Fondwa community. The Sisters’ now number about 20 members and – among other ministries – are responsible for managing the Fondwa medical clinic, the Fatima House orphanage, and the St. Antoine elementary and secondary schools that enroll nearly 600 students.
GreenMicrofinance Center (GMfC™) is our legally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Under this umbrella we have created the Center for Green Excellence. Our mission remains the same.
Our mission is to address climate change and environmental justice by providing education and sharing knowledge on microfinance and environment - The Missing Bottom Line.
May we, like this beautiful bamboo structure by Architect Simon Velez, not sway or collapse, but continue on with steel-like strength. May we together address climate change with speed and sequester carbon, restore our land, and create beauty from the gifts of the earth. Like the woven reeds, all of us our intertwined. May we strive for excellence on this earth.
We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk!”
Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)
Wangari Maathai is best known for founding the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in 1977. The initiative empowered rural women by getting them engaged in management and protection of forests. Over the past three decades, the Green Belt Movement has planted tens of millions of trees across Kenya and trained thousands of women in agroforestry, bee-keeping, and other sustainable livelihoods. For her efforts, in 2004 Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The award further boosted her status as one of the most prominent voices in the increasingly global movement to involve local communities in the management and conservation of forests.
The Cracking the Nut Conference in DC last week was excellent! The aim was to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading rural and agricultural development and finance leaders by uniting them in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large scale change. The conference is named "Cracking the Nut," as rural and agricultural finance have long been tough nuts to crack.
GreenMicrofinance was invited to join others during the Financing Climate Smart Agriculture Panel
Facilitator: Mark Wenner (Inter-American Development Bank)
Climate change has pronounced effects in agriculture, such as shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns, and prevalence of pests and diseases. Developing countries that get by with minimal productivity and limited technology are in danger of enduring lower and erratic production, aggravating both the farmers’ livelihood and the population’s food supply.
In celebration of the launch of UNEP's Green Economy Report: This short animated film highlights the role forests can play in national development, a green economy and climate change. The film also reviews the impact of forest on business as usual and on transformative solutions. Narrated by David Attenborough.
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