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Rock on, Emmanuel!

“Feel welcome, feel welcome!” The band – with keyboard, a drum kit, and a whole line of singers – sang us into the full meeting hall.  The music, the dancing, the warm smiles certainly made us feel very welcome. Boyd and I settled in to meet and share with the members of the Manyamula COMSIP Cooperative […]

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Some of the team in Manyamula Village in Malawi that is standing up for justice and hope in their community.

Called to action – now

Yesterday, Boyd and I took our lunch break to read Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail aloud to each other. Reading it in its entirety, rather than in a series of quotes, I was impressed by frequent references to God, Jesus, and Biblical figures. There are many deeply moving quotes from King about […]

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One of the women who received a small low-interest loan to establish her hair braiding business.

4 Quick Grant Updates!

1. 35 Women Trained in Zambia (SIA funded Welfare Concern International, a grassroots organization, to coordinate a capacity-building workshop and small micro-loans for women in Livingstone in 2014.) From Moses Chibanda, Director: In the last six months, we have trained 35 community women and we have empowered 18 of them with small loans. Our biggest success […]

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Wisdom from Del Anderson: God Calling…

Some inspiration to start the new year! The SIA Board reads this piece by Del Anderson at the beginning of each meeting. When I first read it, the language tripped me up a bit. As I have read it more and more, and line by line, it has become a great source of encouragement and inspiration. […]

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Rehema us tells about how the savings group keeps their funds secure, and their records accurate.

Opening a Savings Account in Uganda

We sat on very small wooden stools and faced a group of about Ugandan 25 women sitting on woven leaf mats. In between us sat a green metal box with three locks. I listened with growing excitement as Rehema Mutesi told me and the other Small Business Coordinators about the Kasozi Village Savings Group. If the women kept the […]

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