Friday, March 25, 2011

A little more about the new project...

I just received the funding proposal for the "Economic Security for Families in Tanzania" project.  While in Tanzania we saw it in action.  Young women were either requesting or paying back loans to establish small businesses.  After a lot of encouragement, one woman told us she bought fish at the market, took it home, cooked it and resold it for a profit of $20 per day.  Another needed a loan to buy soft drinks in bulk so she could sell them from her home. Another buys cloth and makes suits for resale. When we congratulated them, their faces absolutely lit up.  The self esteem and satisfaction they are achieving from their work is immeasurable and they will be able to send their kids to school or buy groceries with the money they are earning. 

These young woman have little or no education but they have pride and it makes me proud to be associated with the project.  We will be raising money to provide Village Savings and Loan training and kits that will benefit over 79,000 people, including 11,000 women and youth.  In keeping with our theme of education as a means of resolving many of the world's issues, by helping young mothers, children will be be able to go to school. And the best part is that every dollar we raise will be matched 3:1 by the Canadian federal government.  Let's make the government pay!!!!      

Donations can be made by clicking on the link at the right.  We will also be holding events in support of our new project.  The first one will be the 3rd annual golf tournament in Smiths Falls, Ontario on August 27.

I hope you will agree that this is a project worth supporting! Stay tuned for further announcements!!

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