Developing Community and Reducing Poverty through Christ-Centered Savings Groups
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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Developing Conflict Resolution Skills

Developing Conflict Resolution Skills

Definition of Conflict: Disagreement, contradiction, variance, opposition Part of the leadership training we do with savings group leaders is how to deal with conflicts in savings groups. It can be difficult for groups to work together because they have not developed conflict resolution skills. When there is a problem between group members they may want…

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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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Open Hands Transitions to an Independent Organization

Open Hands Transitions to an Independent Organization

Anabaptist Financial’s two-fold mission is to provide faith-based financial services and stewardship teaching. Prior to the formation of Open Hands, Anabaptist Financial exercised its twofold mission solely among conservative Anabaptist people in the United States. Compared to the US, Anabaptists in underdeveloped countries have limited financial services available to them. Anabaptist Financial’s board developed a…

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Savings Groups Help To Provide Financial Services

Savings Groups Help To Provide Financial Services

Often, when I thought of microfinance whether it was savings groups or microcredit (loans), I would picture someone with a small business and this person using the loan he had received from the group or the MFI to invest in a business. This person would use the loan for something that would hopefully earn them…

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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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