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The Working Group for Environment in Latin America presents:

As our semester comes to an end, WEGLA would like to offer you a short study break
with a cup of warm, tasty & sustainable coffee and snacks during the talk of Duke
alumnus, Ruben Gonzalez.  He has been working with communities in Nicaragua for sustainable development and organic coffee production.

** Additionally, you can get a holiday gift of sustainable coffee available at the lecture** Get some for your friends and family!

Ruben Gonzalez: The director of a NGO SCSRN(SISTER COMMUNITIES OF SAN RAMON,
NICARAGUA)
Learning from community development, conservation and sustainable rural
business: A challenge and prospect in a community in Nicaragua

Thursday, December 10th at 5:30 PM
Room TBA, The Levine Science Research Center, Duke University
Hot San Ramon coffee and snacks served.

Based here in Durham, SCSRN is the developer and owner of Finca Esperanza Verde
Ecolodge, Organic Coffee Farm and Private Forest Reserve. FEV is
self-sustaining through revenue from tourism and coffee sales. This economic
development project provides jobs and much-needed income to the people of San
Ramón. FEV also offers tourists a cultural immersion experience, connections
with the people of San Ramón, and an opportunity to support the community
through an economic model that is self-sustaining and reduces paternalism.

Ruben Gonzalez is a director of SISTER COMMUNITIES OF SAN RAMON, NICARAGUA,
located in Durham.
http://www.san-ramon.org/about.html
He is also a founding member of the Alliance for Conservation and
Development, a Panamanian NGO. Ruben is an alumnus of the Program for
International Policy at Duke University.

Please email Akiko Haruna@WGELA Duke university with questions.
ah130@duke.edu

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