Business Development

"The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.  For we are God's fellow workers, you're God's field, God's building."

1 Corinthians 3: 8-9

Villagers have many skills on which to develop home and community-based businesses.  In addition to the farm pilot, poultry, and fishing initiatives, which all have raised the standard of living for individuals participating in the projects, a Women's Economic Development and Revolving Loan Fund was established in 2015, with a generous donation from Paul and Lynn Hunt.  

​Twenty women in the village completed a three-day business training course in 2015 and received a loan to help establish their businesses.  The program is designed so that the women receive ongoing technical assistance and so that the full group of women is responsible for the entire loan balance - to encourage working as a team to support one another.  Progress reports are completed every six months to monitor progress and evaluate success of the program.  As of July 2016, 100% of the participating women are repaying their loans on time.

In January 2017, an additional ten women were added to the program.