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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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Tanya and Boyd visiting a Small Business Fund family in Manyamula Village, Malawi.

How do we choose?

People often ask me about how Spirit in Action chooses the groups who receive our $150 Small Business Fund (SBF) grants. Today, I’ll share just two of the factors that help us in our decisions. Community Part of how we choose is determined by where our Small Business Fund Local Coordinators are located. Rather than choose […]

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A mix of footprints and bike tracks on the dusty road in Manyamula Village, Malawi.

Wisdom from Del: “Act in the Truth”

On this election day in the U.S., I post something to remind us of our core and common humanity. Del Anderson wrote the reflection below in the weeks just after September 11th, 2001, and for me it is a call to search for and hold onto that flame of hope within each of us. Where ever […]

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Jamarose Onyango is the treasurer for the SIA merry-go-round savings group. She told us this summer that she used to just stay at home all day and now she is happy to have a business to tend to.

Business is Booming in Nairobi

I wrote a few weeks ago about adapting to the challenges of starting small businesses in the slums of Nairobi. Slums are crowded spaces with temporary structures that people live in permanently. And they are also places brimming with shops, stalls, and roadside hawkers. This week Wambui Nguyo, our local coordinator in Nairobi, sent an […]

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Rev. Issac has hired these two young men to form bricks for a new rental house. They will make about 15,000 bricks for the project, which will be left to dry for 3 days in the sun. The bricks will then be  burned to increase their strength. The men will earn about 1 cent per brick, or about $150 for the whole project.

Malawi Small Business Fund in Five Photos

Five photos from our visit with Small Business Fund families in Manyamula Village, Malawi in July. For more about the Small Business Fund, read the FAQs here.   Read more stories about Spirit in Action in Malawi!

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