January/February 2012 issue
By Wendy Kantor
The first time April Young traveled to Uganda to host a basic business skills seminar, 600 people showed up. "Women walked 10 miles through the fields," she recalls. "These people are so hungry for this knowledge, they sacrifice time and treasure to come [even though] they are one paycheck away from starvation." Since then, Young has returned to Africa four times as chairperson of Five Talents, a faith-based organization that helps women in developing countries start and operate small businesses.
December 14, 2011
The Huffington Post, Religion section
By Carolyn Sharp, Professor, Yale University
Mary's song promises that God brings about wondrous reversals in the world: showing favor to the uncredentialed and ignored ("the lowly"); rendering ineffectual the machinations of the arrogant ("scattering the proud in the thoughts of their hearts"); bringing down those who exploit positions of power; lifting up the poor. Reflect on the Occupy Real Estate movement organizing in East New York as you hear the Magnificat sung by this Judean woman who had to shelter in a stable on the night she gave birth. Consider the transformative potential of micro-lending and other empowerment practices supported by Five Talents and other NGOs dedicated to ending poverty.
November 11, 2011
The Washington Times website, Communities section
By Craig Cole, President and CEO of Five Talents
Step into the shoes of Priscilla, a 52-year-old woman in the new Republic of South Sudan who recently learned to write her name. As a girl, she never had a chance to attend school, and so Priscilla struggled through much of her life seeking sense of purpose and dignity. Twenty-five years of civil war - and countless other factors - had locked her out of a world of opportunity.
Priscilla had almost given up hope. But thanks to a program that combines microfinance and literacy training, she can now read the names and numbers on her cell phone. What's more, she has started a small business – with no financial help at all from her husband.
July 7, 2011
The Witness, The Church of the Holy Spirit
By Livesey Pack, a high school junior at Woodlands Academy
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of charities, each devoted to a cause that appears paramount? How do you choose one to dedicate your time and resources to? Cue: Five Talents! Through its use of micro-credit programs, and business initiatives, Five Talents promotes entrepreneurship in communities in Third World countries. It also teaches business skills with the goal that the recipients, over time, will be able to become financially independent.
Sudan Connections, AFRECS
By Craig Cole, President and CEO of Five Talents
Five Talents is relieved that the Referendum in January to create the new country of South Sudan was relatively peaceful, and we are moving ahead quickly with the Literacy and Financial Education Program (LFEP) in six Episcopal dioceses in Sudan. The original training was accomplished in September of 2010, and since then there have been nearly 40 groups formed with over 700 members within the six program areas that include Khartoum, Renk, Lainya, Juba, Wau and Malakal.
May 17, 2011
The Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes
By Cynthia Cannon
What sets Five Talents apart from other micro-lending organizations? Among other things, they identify and support indigenous partner organizations that serve their communities with integrity and transparency, and insist on regular reporting and visits to ensure good stewardship of donors’ generosity, making sure the programs in place are effective. They also provide Biblically-based business training to help their clients start small businesses and begin to build their future.
April 18, 2011
By Circle Connections
Five Talents fights poverty, creates jobs and transforms lives, empowering the poor using innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development. Mary Beth Campbell joins us to share the importance of Five Talents and why she is passionate about giving people the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty by providing access to basic savings and microcredit services built on trusted community traditions.
April 18, 2011
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.
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.
April 15, 2011
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.