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One of the Samro Polytechnic students in the tailoring classroom. With clothing made by students hanging on the wall.

4 new grants. 4 thank you letters.

One of the best parts of my job is when I get to email grant partners and let them know that the Spirit in Action Board of Directors has approved their requests for funds. I work closely with each grassroots organization to understand, prepare, and refine their proposal, so it’s always a joy to tell […]

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*See* Spirit in Action! New video!

SIA Volunteer Extraordinaire, Carmen Hernandez, created this beautiful film for us using footage and photos captured by Boyd Cothran during our visit to Africa (Summer 2014). Her aim was to show what we do, and how we try to have a positive attitude in all our endeavors. Thank you, Carmen! (For more of Carmen’s non-SIA work, visit her website:

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Winkly interprets the Manyamula COMSIP Cooperative member testimonies for us. (Malawi)

Huh? Can you say that again?

How many languages do you speak? In the U.S., the answer is generally “one” or, maybe “two.” In the countries I visited this summer (Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda), the answer is likely to be “at least three.” As our coordinator in Kenya, Dennis Kiprop, explained to me: “We first learn our mother tongue. The one […]

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Fikire Chime (Malawi) takes her donuts to market 3 days a week. I'm grateful for her dedication to her business!

Being Grateful for What We Do

In the U.S. this is a week to reflect on and say out loud what we are grateful for. Recently, a friend asked me to list the three reasons I’ve chosen this work, and this organization. The three points express well my thankfulness for Spirit in Action:  1. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with how much need there […]

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Many women as part of the Kasozi Savings group

4 Things To Help Me Not Feel Overwhelmed

1. Catching Dennis Kiprop’s Contagious Optimism Dennis Kiprop, a SIA Small Business Fund Coordinator in Kenya and our source of unending optimism, shared this encouraging story, called One Matters, with me this week. He prefaced, with his usual positive outlook, “SIA is a unique organization that has changed a lot of lives that once were hopeless and […]

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