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Open Hands is currently operating savings groups in India, Haiti, Latin America, and East Africa. Read more about these countries where Anabaptist missions are working with people who are experiencing the effects of poverty.

Updates From the Field – Haiti

Due to the hurricane in Haiti the participants in Open Hands savings groups have not been able to save as much as they had been saving. However, the funds they have saved will be very helpful to them in buying food and rebuilding damaged houses. Through the assistance funds that many groups have, they have…

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Updates From the Field – Ethiopia

The Open Hands savings group program that was started in Ethiopia in July has been very successful. There are now 30 savings groups with a total of 450 members. These participants are saving on a weekly basis and are very pleased with what they have been able to accomplish. We are hoping to expand this…

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Does God Have A Role For Open Hands In Ethiopia

Does God Have A Role For Open Hands In Ethiopia

Open Hands is considering a savings group program in the African country of Ethiopia. We have had some conversations with a possible partner organization in Ethiopia. Help Self Help Samaritan Development Association is an organization that works with the Mennonite churches in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a country with great needs and a lack of organizations…

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New Savings Group Program in El Salvador

Earlier this year Lyndon Swarey and Darin Hershberger conducted a feasibility study for a savings group program in El Salvador. There was a good response from the church leaders and church members in El Salvador for a savings group program there. We have received board approval and will be moving ahead with hiring a national…

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Helping Haitians Help Themselves

Helping Haitians Help Themselves

Often in mission newsletters and the media, Haitians are portrayed as hungry, hurting, and helpless. This perception of the people of a nation has led to multi-generational dependence on outside aid. This has led to despair and a feeling that without outside aid things cannot change. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Haiti…

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Life As A Savings Group Member

Life As A Savings Group Member

Though I have never been a savings group member, perhaps I will be able to describe what life is like from a member’s perspective in Kenya. Imagine that you would have a low, erratic income and with this income you would struggle to feed, clothe and educate your family. Also throughout your lifetime you would…

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Empower Kenyans to Reach Their Goals

Empower Kenyans to Reach Their Goals

Kenya, as you may have heard, is a beautiful country full of many contrasts. It has a beautiful tropical coastline, a 17,057 ft. tall mountain, lush farmland, dry wasteland, modern cities and primitive villages. For many years, the rich and poor have lived together in this land. Recently there has been an increase in the…

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