True Roots 2017 Highlights

True Roots 2017 Highlights

This year has not been short on challenges nor on progress. For True Roots, it’s been a year of outreach, team-building, and travel. What makes memorable moments for an organization like ours? What are we looking forward to in next year’s new chapter? Read on to find out more.

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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

What is Monitoring and Evaluation and Why is it Important? An Example from Rotary International

What is Monitoring and Evaluation and Why is it Important? An Example from Rotary International

In any project, it is important to measure outputs: number of trainings, number of people trained, number of loans given out, number of latrines built, etc. But we should also go beyond numbers to measure change, to demonstrate the deeper outcomes and impact of a project. For example: what knowledge, skills, and attitudes did participants acquire as part of training, and how do they apply these knowledge, skills, and attitudes post-training? And going even deeper: is there a “ripple effect” from these activities, over time and at various levels? Are there changes across generations, at a personal, family, community, regional, national, and global level? 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