This is a guest post from a friend, mentor, and former professor, Pat Loughery. This post was originally published on his blog, patloughery.com and has been adapted to fit this audience. We are so grateful to have people like Pat in our lives and so grateful to have his support of this work. Pat is one of the few who heard our dreams of After Trade very early on, when it still so rough around the edges, even before we knew what to call it. As his post will reveal, he is too kind. It is truly an honor to call him friend.
Thank you, Pat.
I want to bring to your attention a nonprofit development agency that I am supporting (financially and emotionally and prayerfully), and that I encourage you to support as well: After Trade.
They are working on the long-term relationship with coffee farmers in a way that is more holistic than simply just and fair trade.
I know After Trade’s dreamers and creators, Steven and Stephanie Berbec. Stephanie was a student in the first spiritual formation course I taught at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. I was immediately impressed by her brilliance, vision and passion. Stephanie was clear in the focus of the work they were dreaming toward, and impressive in her depth of wisdom and ability to communicate it – She’s a fantastic writer and photographer. I’ve turned to them as trusted resources for learning about international development, food and land, economic justice and other related issues.
If you’re concerned about the viability of a new development project, it’s helpful to know that After Trade is partnering with an existing organization already working in Tanzania: EITanzania.
I encourage you to read their website to learn more about them, and if you are excited about this work as I am, donate to them. I am careful with the work I financially support and/or publicly associate with, but I’m thrilled and honored to be part of After Trade’s support team.
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Some other organizations I’ve aligned with and support: Kiva, One Day’s Wages, Mustard Seed Associates.