Christ-centered economic opportunities for the poor

Open Hands Strengthens Its Teaching Program

Earlier this year I was visiting a savings group and discussing with them their experiences and their desires for the future. In these settings it is not uncommon for savings group members to ask us for financial funding to help their group. This group was different. They shared with us the things they had been…

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Updates From the Field – Nepal

Open Hands has been invited by EQUIP Nepal to consider starting a savings group program in the country of Nepal. Merle Burkholder, Darin Hershberger, and Joe Kuepfer will be traveling to Nepal in December to conduct a feasibility study regarding a possible savings group program there. More updates on this potential program will be given…

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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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A World of Plenty

A World of Plenty

The college I attend held a Hunger Symposium last month. It created awareness of the problems of hunger in our communities. We live in a world that produces enough food for everybody and in a country that wastes food. In my opinion, hunger should not be a problem. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization,…

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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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