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Anglican Alliance defines priorities in first meeting

Anglican Alliance defines priorities in first meeting

April 18, 2011
AnglicanJournal.com
By Diana Swift

Held in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, the inaugural assembly of the Anglican Alliance for Development, Relief and Advocacy reached a consensus on three immediate mandates.

The conference heard presentations on microfinance from Peterson Kamau of Five Talents, the church's microfinance institution, and Moses Ochieng of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, a consortium of donors and development agencies offering basic financial services to people in impoverished countries.

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Alliance consultation ends in Nairobi, next one to be held in South America

Alliance consultation ends in Nairobi, next one to be held in South America

April 16, 2011
Anglican Communion News Service
By ACNS Staff

The Anglican Alliance's inaugural assembly ended in Nairobi with a consensus on the way forward in development, advocacy and relief. The key development priorities proposed by the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) and agreed by the assembly were:

  • Economic empowerment, with support for micro-finance, including working on a roadmap towards an Anglican bank. (The conference heard powerful presentations on micro-finance from Peterson Kamau of Five Talents, the church's micro-finance institution, and Moses Ochieng of the CGAP consortium of donors and development agencies.)
  • Peace and reconciliation, learning from the experience of the church in countries affected by conflict.
  • Governance.
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Kenya: Anglican Alliance Calls for Anglican Bank And Financial Literacy And Rights Campaign

Kenya: Anglican Alliance Calls for Anglican Bank And Financial Literacy And Rights Campaign

April 15, 2011
AllAfrica.com

Delegates attending the first consultative conference for the Anglican Alliance in Nairobi have called for the Communion initiative to have as two of its key priorities the development of an Anglican Bank for savings and loans and a public education campaign on financial literacy and rights.

The consultation to take forward proposals for development, relief and advocacy across the Anglican Communion yesterday (April 14th) received a strong endorsement from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the Primate of Kenya.

Yesterday's economic empowerment workshop heard presentations from Peter Warutere of the World Bank, Moses Ochieng of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor and Peterson Kamau from the church's own micro-finance agency Five Talents. They set out the challenges facing developing countries and set out strategies to overcome poverty globally, nationally and locally.

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Business as Mission to End Poverty: An Interview with the President of Reynolds Food Packaging

Business as Mission to End Poverty: An Interview with the President of Reynolds Food Packaging

Feb 7, 2011
Business as Mission Network
By Dan King

Bob Larson is the President of Reynolds Food Packaging, an industry leader in the production and sale of a full range of stock and custom products for the foodservice, supermarket, food processor and agricultural markets. He was also recently elected to the Board of Directors for Five Talents International, an organization that is fighting global poverty through microfinance and education.

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Business as Mission to End Poverty: An Interview with the President of Reynolds

Business as Mission to End Poverty: An Interview with the President of Reynolds

Feb 1, 2011
The High Calling
By Dan King

Bob Larson is the President of Reynolds Food Packaging, an industry leader in the production and sale of a full range of stock and custom products for the foodservice, supermarket, food processor and agricultural markets. He was also recently elected to the Board of Directors for Five Talents International, an organization that is fighting global poverty through microfinance and education.

Since 2009, Larson has supported Five Talents by fundraising and speaking on behalf of the organization in the Chicago area. In May of 2009, he traveled with Five Talents to Kenya and Uganda as part of a Business as Mission team, where he taught business skills seminars to entrepreneurs. I had the pleasure of traveling with Bob on that trip, and recently had the opportunity to catch up with him to talk about the high calling of his work and fighting poverty.

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[the africa diaries] day ten: the road to kasese

[the africa diaries] day ten: the road to kasese

March 22, 2010
BibleDude.net
By Dan King

Our first meeting for the day was at the Five Talents Uganda national office. The program here was set up a little different than the program in Kenya. In Uganda, the Five Talents organization actually functioned a little more like a lending organization and the provider of the funds for microloans.

The office was very different than what you would think of for a financial institution, but my Western mind was still adjusting to the way of life (and work) in Africa. I was tickled to find out that they worked very hard to set up a special conference room for us to meet in. Little did I know that this special arrangement would be a couple of desks and chairs squeezed into a garage. Like many other things in Africa, it worked for what we needed it to do…

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[the africa diaries] day seven: wrapping up business in kenya

[the africa diaries] day seven: wrapping up business in kenya

November 5, 2009
BibleDude.net
By Dan King

She walked up to me as I was setting up for my morning session, shook my hand, and simply stated, “I am Alice.” We laughed about that for a moment, but I never realized that this was about to be one of the most powerful moments of this trip for me.

In order to understand what I mean, you’ll have to understand part of the lesson that I was responsible for. I had taught the last lesson of the day in yesterday’s session, and was about to pick up where I left of this morning. I was responsible for teaching the section on finances. Before we finished yesterday I had already started my piece on the importance of separating personal and business money. One of the illustrations that I used was this story about a fictional person named Alice…

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