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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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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

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

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

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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