Microloans help build stronger families, more sustainable communities
Building a new nation from scratch is no easy task. Years of war have left South Sudan depleted of basic infrastructure and economic lifelines. But the women and girls of this country are strong, resourceful and highly motivated to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
With just a small ‘seed’ of investment money (say around a week’s worth of your morning Starbuck’s venti mochas), you can help a woman begin a tiny business in her village. She might sew or raise crops to sell. She might tend livestock.
With the microloan issued to her, she will also receive skills and gospel-centric stewardship training. As she begins earning money from her new enterprise, she will be expected to repay her loan. This approach results in holistic change because when a woman succeeds economically, she frequently gains the respect of others in her village, men included. As she grows in her faith while earning income that supports her family, she becomes more confident. She also becomes increasingly regarded as a role model in her community. The end result can be new and abundant life, steps toward gender equality and the beginning of the end to poverty’s crushing cycle in that family and community.
Another cool thing: the small loan repaid with interest becomes the ‘seed’ money for another female entrepreneur. And on it goes…
“She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.” Proverbs 31:24-25