Posts Tagged ‘Micro-enterprise’

New Tailoring Business in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on April 8th, 2015     
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kenya tailoringCovenant World Relief provided funding to start a new tailoring business in Kenya that has three full time employees. Your gifts provided the start-up funding for this business that empowers at-risk and marginalized men and women in a violence-prone community in Kenya. Each of the employees do everything from designing and weaving to tailoring. They produce quality clothing to satisfy their growing demand. The partnership with Covenant World Relief has allowed them to start a retail consumer goods shop which inspires entrepreneurs. This opportunity has raised the living standards of the people employed by it.

Empowerment in Mexico

Post a Comment » Written on January 12th, 2015     
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After seven cycles, and the hope of more to come, much growth has been seen within the Oaxaca community through the Fuentes Libres program. The project seeks to empower the women in Oaxaca City to recognize their ability and talents in gathering their own income, utilizing their administrative and organization talents, and participating in the affairs of the association.  By learning these skills and taking advantage of the resources already before them, the women have been able to not only become more involved in the community, but able to leave the poverty surrounding them as well, thus improving their overall quality of life.  Through the help of North Park University Students, the Education Service Home and Health organization, Proworld, and numerous pastors and leaders of the Christian church, workshops were developed to supply the women with the necessarily tools and knowledge on micro-business, integral development and bettering their family and social relationships.  Though some within the community still struggle to accept this opportunity of change in their lives, most recognize the hope this program presents them with, through the work of God in their community.

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 »