Posts Tagged ‘Micro-enterprise’

Palm Oil Enterprise

Post a Comment » Written on April 16th, 2014     
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Sharon Davis, a former covenant missionary to Cameroon, has been working with rural villages in Cameroon for years. Over time she had developed strong relationships with the communities in the area and has created some flourishing development projects with partnership with CWR. A new project that is in the works is called “palm oil enterprise.” This project came about in an interesting way. Sharon Davis was approached by community members who wanted to learn how to make soap and lotion, so she led a seminar for a group of 25 women in the community. After the women were taught how to make body lotion and soap they realized they had an abundance of palm kernels going to waste in the village and if they had a press and cracker they would be able to produce kernel oil, a main ingredient in the soap and lotion. Six of the women who attended the seminar began pursuing this idea with Sharon and eventually developed the palm oil enterprise. The women decided that they will not work on creating soap and lotion yet but will make kernel oil from unused kernels from the village and sell the oil for cooking and for the treatment of various ailments.

The building for the palm oil press.

The building for the palm oil press.

As of early March, the women with partnership with CWR have been able to purchase a building and the two machines needed for the production of the oil. They have also participated in trainings about bookkeeping and about running the machines. The project should be up and running right now! Continue Reading »

India: Stories of Transformation, Part 2

Post a Comment » Written on April 3rd, 2013     
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It is amazing to see the different ways that our micro-finance project in India (in partnership with India for Christ Ministries) has transformed the lives of many people. Below is part 2 of a 2 part series of stories of transformation in India.

Siddamma and Venkatalakshmi with their goats

Siddamma and Venkatalakshmi are a part of a group of 6 women in Settipalle village in Andhra Pradesh. In order to earn a living, they tended to another person’s sheep. However, conditions were terrible in their area, and they struggled to survive and care for their children. However, with a loan from this project, Siddamma and Venkatalakshmi were able to buy sheep of their own, and these sheep are multiplying! They are now able to sustain themselves and care for their families.

Mangamma is a widow in Kotagudibanda village in interior Chittoor District. Without support from her husband, she and her son were struggling to survive. She worked as a laborer in the nearby fields, but this job did not pay enough for her to be able to educate her son. With a loan from this project, Mangamma has been able to buy two cows, and they are growing. She is taking care of them and feeding them. Now she is able to sustain her family with the income from the cows. Continue Reading »

New Projects!

1 Comment » Written on May 3rd, 2012     
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We have new projects in Cameroon, Chile and Kenya and 2 projects that have entered into phase 2 in Albania and Ecuador. Here’s a summary of what’s new with CWR:

Cameroon Chickens

Poor rural farmers in western Africa are in need for the very basics in order to establish micro-business. In partnership with Torchbearers, this poultry project constructs and manages three small-scale poultry facilities for the brooding of day-old chicks which, at three weeks, are distributed to our small prayer groups we call “Torches.” Continue Reading »

Sustainable Livelihood and Discipleship Through Chicken Raising

Post a Comment » Written on April 24th, 2012     
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CWR has recently entered into a new partnership with The Torchbearers Foundation for Mission, Reconciliation and Development in Cameroon, Africa. Sharon Davis, an ECC missionary, is working with Torchbearers and will be managing a new CWR-funded chicken raising project along with the Torchbearers agricultural team.

The project was conceived by several village groups in Northwest Cameroon which are working with the Torchbearers Foundation. Torchbearers works with small village groups to empower people through financial and other kinds of training based on biblical principles. Through this project 350 families will be able to increase their family income by about $20 per month. CWR is helping to get the project started, and it is estimated that the program will be self-sustainable within four to six months.

You can directly support this project by designating your gift to CWR to the Cameroon Chicken Raising Project either by sending a check or giving online to this project.

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day–a day set aside to celebrate women, but to also be mindful of the unique needs of women around the world.  This year is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and a day to celebrate victories in the past century for women, but to be mindful of how much more is needed. Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director, has a wonderful message today giving a brief history on where we’ve been and how far we have to go.

The focus this year, as chosen by the UN, is equal access to education, especially in science and technology. Covenant World Relief is deeply committed to the empowerment of women and we have several active projects empowering and educating women. Will you join us by supporting our ministry of empowering women?


In Bangladesh, there is a pressing need for clean water and sanitation. Clean water not only promotes community health, but when women do not have to spend as much time on daily tasks (cooking, cleaning, household chores), they are freed to pursue education and even to work outside of the home.

Central African Republic

Our project in the Central African Republic is focused on agriculture and provides scientific training and education specifically for women on how to grow sustainable, nutritious crops. The project employees one woman specifically to form women’s groups in the surrounding villages to train other women in these new agricultural techniques.


The Colombia egg project provides a safe place for girls (and boys) who have struggled with substance abuse to receive an education and a new start on life. By raising chickens and selling the eggs, the children are able to learn hands-on how to care for chickens but are also able to sell the eggs for profit in the market to help sustain the education program for the future.

The Colombia education project provides pre-school education for 150 children that would not otherwise be in school. Furthermore, it allows their mothers to search for jobs or to work during the time that their children are in school. As said by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “education is humanity’s best hope and most effective means in the quest to achieve sustainable development.”


After a disaster there is a need to respond immediately with relief. But, the intervention from the outside can greatly harm the community if it carries on for too long and does not move into holistic community development. CWR is transitioning into this development phase in Haiti. Instead of only sending outside medical help, our medical work now focuses also on training local medical professionals and creating sustainable clinics and hospitals for the community.


Several of our projects in India focus directly on empowering women. They have formed self-help groups to provide education, job training, micro-loans, savings accounts and emotional support for women. These projects can be found herehereherehere, and here.


The Kenya project is providing an education for some of the most vulnerable children in the community–Congolese refugees. These children are receiving a quality education and a new hope for their future.


Shame surrounds and can consume women with fistulas and completely isolate them from the community. Our project provides surgery and then training, loans and micro-enterprise support, so that women are empowered and find meaningful ways to re-enter society.


Teenagers in Vietnam are given apprenticeships in a field of their choice in order to break the cycle of poverty. Young women are learning important skills in sewing and beauty shops.