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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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Meanly’s Family Farm

It was still morning on July 10th and we were already visiting our fourth Small Business Fund (SBF) family in Manyamula Village, Malawi. The morning started with me, Boyd (SIA Advisory Board member), and Canaan Gondwe (local SIA SBF Coordinator) in the truck, along with our driver, Mr. Mango. By the time we reached Chisomo Place, […]

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Generosity is Catching

Last week I heard another story of pay-it-forward generosity. A chain of 457 people each offered to pay for the drink of the person behind them at the Florida Starbucks drive-thru. There’s something about generosity. When we see other people giving we also want to give. My Facebook feed has been flooded (no pun intended) with buckets of […]

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A morning in Korogocho

We started out at 7:30am. Cruising down the freeway (thankfully against traffic) with Christian Swahili radio blasting and windows closed tight to keep out the overwhelming clouds of black exhaust coming from the packed buses. This is Nairobi, Kenya and my husband, Boyd, and I were on our way to the Korogocho slum with SIA’s […]

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We’re in Malawi!

I can testify that SIA is sparking real change in Manyamula village in rural Malawi! I was filled with gratitude for SIA and our small grants as I heard stories of change and a positive view of the future. One community member mentioned that they should be called BIG Business Grants, rather than “Small” Business […]

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