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Sudan & South Sudan

  • World Concern
  • The Mothers’ Union
  • The Episcopal Church of Sudan, Diocese of Wau

Program Type and Services:

  • “Savings-Led”

The program offers microcredit through Savings and Loan Associations (SLAs). SLA groups determine the terms for the loans from their savings, rates of interest, length and any fees or penalties, making them extremely able to meet local demand and to react to local conditions quickly.

Training focus:

  • Adult literacy and education
  • Business development training: planning, marketing, pricing
  • Social capital development among entrepreneurs
  • Biblical values in the marketplace training
  • Household budgeting and saving

The Community

This under-served area along the border of South Sudan and Sudan contains a population of more than 500,000 people.  With the independence of South Sudan, there is an expectation of enormous economic growth because the region is endowed with great natural resources. There is also a great opportunity for the local population to engage in diverse business opportunities.

At the same time, the region still faces plenty of risks despite the formal separation of Sudan and South Sudan. Infrequent fighting continues in some disputed border areas. Inter-clan conflicts could also adversely affect the program. The area also experiences conflicts between host and pastoral communities due to competition for pasture land and water.

The Program

The innovative microfinance program in the village of Lietnhom is transitioning from the ravages of more than 20 years of war. Years after the peace agreement, hundreds of thousands were still internally displaced and others who had found a home were looking to rebuild their shattered lives.

Working with a consortium of partners including the Episcopal Church of Sudan, Five Talents is assisting a village banking project in Wau in the state of Western Bahr el Ghazal. This is one of the first projects of this type in South Sudan.

The target of this project is the Dinka community in Bahr el Ghazal. The project will empower mainly women by offering credit, literacy and numeracy skills to develop their small scale businesses and increase their competency. In the area, most households are headed by women, as men are engaged in the armed forces. Currently, women survive by doing petty merchandise, beer brewing, keeping cows, and living off what they grow.

Five Talents is also working with Mothers' Union in Khartoum, Sudan, to nurture a literacy and financial education program.

The Need

give10cFive Talents hopes this program will be a model that can be expanded and replicated into other parts of the Wau Diocese and across South Sudan.

We'd appreciate your continued prayers for this transformative program. Please help us expand our work in South Sudan and Sudan either by making a one-time donation or by signing up to "Walk with Us" as a recurring donor. A monthly gift of $10 will transform up to five lives.

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Updated January 2014

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Letter from the President and CEO: Five Talents' 2013-2014 Annual Report

Annual Report CoverToday, I'm excited to announce the release of our 2013-2014 Annual Report!

Think of it as a family scrapbook containing photos, news and stories from some of the 79,000 women and men who benefitted from your support, advocacy and prayers over the last 12 months.

"Because of this program, I can feed and send my children to school," Supiati, a woman I met in Indonesia, told me. "When my husband became sick, my fellow group members came and helped us financially to pay for his medical treatment. It was like help from above."

"Help from above." I love those words from Supiati.

In our programs, God uses members of savings and loan groups to help one another. He also uses our staff members, our local partners – and people just like yourself.

This is just one example of how "community transformation" spans borders, oceans, cultures and languages. You, me, Supiati, our other clients and partners around the world – we are truly all part of one community, one family.

This Annual Report captures one year in the life of our joint mission to fight poverty, create jobs and transform lives. Click here to download the PDF.
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'One of the Best' Non-Profits

cfp1314The Catalogue for Philanthropy - Greater Washington has named Five Talents "one of the best" non-profit organizations for 2013-2014.