Women are sustaining families worldwide. At the same time, they often have fewer job opportunities, fewer rights, and less access to education. Your gift can help a woman start a simple small business to earn money and support her family. Women with microloans have launched produce stands, beauty salons, butcher shops, and more. When one entrepreneur pays back her loan, the money is loaned to another woman to help her start a business.
Former Prostitutes in Rwanda Find Hope
The Rwanda Genocide plunged thousands of women into poverty. In desperation, many sold themselves to earn money for their families. Through a microloan program, women in seemingly hopeless situations have found dignity, opportunity, and hope. With a $50 loan, Mary Jose started a produce stand and began meeting weekly with other women for encouragement, business tips, and discipleship. Soon she was leading the women’s business group and the church choir. Mary Jose and some other women eventually pooled their funds to open a salon. Now she is a respected business owner who returns to her former streetcorners to share the hope of Jesus with women who need the Good News and a little help.
“I am a widow. During the 1994 genocide, I was desperate … [Today,] I can feed myself and my family … I’m recognized by the community as a human being.” – Mary Jose