Supporter Magazine of Cuso International
Spring 2022

Exploring Cuso's
past and present

Welcome to Catalyst! In this fully online edition, we take you back to the roots of the organization, investigate current challenges facing the international cooperation sector, and share programming success stories from alumni and volunteers. 

Catalyst magazine Spring 2022

Cover: Innovation Fund project, Cameroon

Photographer: Brian Atkinson

Looking back, shifting forward

Over the past year, Cuso International celebrated its 60th anniversary – an important milestone that gave us the chance to reflect on where we began as an organization and where we are going. It has also been an opportunity to look at our success stories and the change we’ve supported in communities around the world – thanks, in large part, to your generous contributions.

In this issue of Catalyst Extra, we invite you to explore a few of these success stories, which focus on incredible agribusiness projects transforming several communities in Tanzania. We also share thoughts from former volunteer Ann Speak on her decision to give back to Cuso through a gift in her will.

We are grateful for your continued support of Cuso. Because of you, together, we are changing lives and creating a more equitable world for all.


Cuso Alumni Martha Nixon, 1964-Balarampur, West Bengal

Grounded in compassion and global understanding

Early volunteers reflect on their pivotal experiences and the founders who shaped an organization.

Exploring the possibilities

Current and former Cuso staff, leaders, and volunteers delve into some of the issues and challenges facing international cooperation. 

Cuso International, Peru
Richard Simoni, Kolping-Cuso International

Village life invigorated by successful coffee strategy

Over the course of a decade, Tanzanian farmers have reshaped life for their families through a sustainable and profitable coffee business.

Sowing seeds for future growth, improved livelihoods in Tanzania 

The Kizimba Business Model engages women and youth in agriculture and agribusiness opportunities. 

Marcelina Lubuva-Tanzania/Cuso




German Chique-Alfonzo
Latin America and the Caribbean, 2021-2022

#IamCusobecause as a physician and researcher I have a passion for helping others and care about the well-being of communities and volunteers working abroad during the global COVID-19 pandemic.  


Marcelina Martine Lubuva
National volunteer 
Tanzania, 2022  

#IamCusobecause I have the opportunity to support women and youth in their quest for knowledge and skills in agribusiness, enabling them to generate an income and improve their lives along with the lives of their families and communities.  

Marcelina Martine Lubuva is volunteering as a horticultural expert and farm manager in Morogoro, Tanzania.  

#IamCuso - Marcelina Martine Lubuva

Cuso Challenge:
Amaze Yourself.
Trek for Good.

September 24 – October 2, 2022

Machu Picchu, Peru

If you are interested in participating and would like more information,
please contact Amie Gibson at or call 1.888.434.2876 x245.