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Alice

Photo by Esther Havens. It all starts with food. SERV International first started distributing food in Lodwar in 2006. The nomadic people in the area in and around Lodwar are […]
Alice

Esther and James

Photo by Esther Havens. When James Emuria first saw Esther Abei, he knew he wanted to court her. They took their family’s animals to the river together and they danced […]
Esther and James

Rebecca

Photo by Esther Havens. If you’ve ever visited House of Hope – SERV’s children’s home and school in Lodwar – you remember Rebecca Akiru. Rebecca was one of the first […]
Rebecca

Pastor Jackson

Photo by Esther Havens. Circuit riders were pastors in the early 1800s in America who rode on horseback through the wilderness to reach their far-flung churches and congregations. Pastor Jackson […]
Pastor Jackson

Kampire

We arrived at their house thinking we knew the story already. Their kid was sick, their garden helped their kid get healthy again. When I got there and did the […]
Kampire

Theogene

It’s hard to interview people who haven’t yet benefited from the program you are trying to promote. Vita Gardens, the client, funded a garden program in partnership with Africa New […]
Theogene

Sperancia

There was something really special about sitting on the floor of Sperancia’s home surrounded by her and her friends talking about her idea for a juice business. Too often I […]
Sperancia

Scovia

This story came to me after I saw the pictures of William and Scovia looking so in love. Usually, story informs photo points, but this was the opposite. Interview conducted […]
Scovia

Aziz

Felt so privileged to spend time in and around this house. Just a short blog I wrote last year describing the process and the artist. Photo by me.  Aziz Awang, […]
Aziz

Jean Baptiste

Jean Baptiste getting a job at the end of this story was just the best. He worked so so hard just to make his community better, and now he is paid […]
Jean Baptiste

Frida

I interviewed Frida at her home, standing up, holding my pen and recorder, in her small garden through a Kinyarwanda translator. This was supposed to be a micro story of […]
Frida

Theo

Theo is one of those rare people you come across who just hums with purpose. You could tell he’s at an exciting crossroads personally and professionally, finding an organization to […]
Theo

Faith

I love goats at interviews. The end. I interviewed Faith at home with Pastor Sam of ANLM as my wonderful Kinyarwanda translator. This was for Vita Gardens/Africa New Life partnership. […]
Faith

Noor

I interviewed Noor through a translator who spoke her language, Malay, in Kuala Lumpur. When I asked her about what she wants for her children, she teared up. Her life […]
Noor

Munirah

This interview was conducted in English in Kuala Lumpur and edited very little. Munirah is an eloquent advocate for herself as an artist and her organization. When she said, “every […]
Munirah

Vanna

Vanna is an artisan partner for Raven + Lily in Cambodia. The interview was translated into Khmer and then edited a bit to remain in the first person. Vanna’s smile lights […]
Vanna

Alisha

Telling other people’s stories can be problematic and, if anything, I think my profiles are sometimes incomplete because I don’t believe it’s my place to ask, assume or assign motivations. […]
Alisha

Robert

Robert is one of the most impressive people I have ever met. He is also the best example I have come across of how child sponsorship can be so much […]
Robert

Dalphin

I interviewed Dalphin through a translator under a tree just outside her school. She was so shy it was difficult to connect at first, but she spoke easily and eloquently about […]
Dalphin

Apophia

Apophia is the cool girl in school. She just exudes confidence. She is very aware of her background and how much it means that she’s the first to go to […]
Apophia