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Open Hands launched a savings program in Kenya in 2013 in partnership with Amish Mennonite Aid and hopes to reach into other East African countries including Ethiopia and Tanzania in the next several years.

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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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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