Tag Archives: Empowerment
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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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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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: http://www.isntitbeautiful.co.uk)

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Mbwenu, Innovator

Sometimes it’s not easy moving home. Once you’ve been out to see the world you look at home through a different lens. “We had a shock,” was the way that Mbwenu and Wangwa described it to me when I visited their home in rural Manyamula in northern Malawi. The couple had gone away to Swaziland […]

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