Giving needs for holistic program to sensitively walk alongside and lift up widows:
After months of meeting in their group, building trust, and receiving food during the crisis, several widows approached Pastors Francis and Kefa, saying they no longer wanted food, but would like instead, money! A bit perplexed but without questioning their intent, the widows were given a small amount of funds. At the next meeting the women came in beaming … each invested in businesses and reported it was going well. These widows are believing in their ability and gaining respect within the community that is transforming their future.
The local church community is supporting one another through self-help groups, partnering with local Christian Microfinance trainers to learn business planning/budgeting, and developing a two-step Push-Me-Up Loan program funded with our assistance. These $80 loans (first 20 awarded soon) will enable the poorest to improve their livelihoods and build a track record to enter the local MFI system. Two recent enterprise opportunities will help the entire community: a chicken hatchery to lower costs for new chicks and animal feeds mill to provide affordable feeds for cows, poultry, and goats. Funding for machinery and expertise is needed.
Esnas' produce stand in Eldoret in front of Kings Highway Church