June 25, 2010
By Co-operative Financial Services
Five Talents and The Co-operative Bank premiere appeal filmThe Co-operative Bank has helped a charity customer to premiere a new appeals film that is being broadcast by the BBC.
Five Talents, a microfinance charity, is the focus of this month’s BBC television charity appeal programme, Lifeline. The appeal will see a nine-minute video presented by comedienne Sandi Toksvig that will illustrate the benefits of Five Talents’ work through its project in Tanzania.
April 7, 2010
By Dan King
Certainly we didn’t fix the world’s problems in a two-week trip. But we did plant a seed.
A seed that we pray will bear great fruit in the months and years to come. They are seeds of hope and a future. It is a hope that can only come through love and nurturing. We stood beside them, sowed our minds and hearts into them, and let them know how much we believe in them.
We leave behind hundreds of people whose lives will never be the same because of the work that we’ve just done! And THAT my friend, was cause to celebrate!
March 30, 2010
By Dan King
As we worked through the day, our teaching had them breaking off into small groups for various projects. I was impressed by how well the people worked together through these projects. The people were innovative and developed amazing ideas that they could work out collaboratively.
Their sense of unity was special. There wasn’t anyone running around saying, “I’m going to take this idea myself and go get rich!” The people tended to think much more about how each of them could have a part in the overall plan. There seemed (to me) this sense that each person knew that the one sitting next to them needed the opportunity just as much as they did, and it would be unthinkable to leave them out of the chance at achieving a better life.
March 27, 2010
Global South Anglican Online
Vienna, Virginia — Five Talents is now working in the small Central African country of Burundi, in partnership with the Mothers' Union UK and Mothers' Union Burundi. And, within three years, 10,000 people will be beneficiaries of this project.
March 24, 2010
By Dan King
But with so many family members dying she took on the responsibility of raising not only her children (five, if I recall correctly), but also raising many of her nieces and nephews who would have been orphans without Auntie Monica’s help.
So for Monica, microfinance helped her to make some additional income with her small poultry farm so that she could raise these kids. She made money to feed them, and to send most of them to school. Sending them to school was important to her because she knew the impact that a good education would have in helping these kids succeed.
Her example of selflessness moved me pretty deeply. Everything in her life either had to do with losing the people that were close to her or providing for the children impacted by those losses.
I don’t know if she realizes it or not, but she taught me a lot that day.
March 23, 2010
Opportunity International, the MicroLoan Foundation and Five Talents UK, three of the UK’s most established and other microfinance NGOs will build four new banks in Niassa, said a statement.
March 22, 2010
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…
February 17, 2010
The Vienna (Va.) Connection
By Donna Manz
From its headquarters in donated space in Vienna, Five Talents International directs micro-finance programs that help the poor in underdeveloped countries to pull themselves out of poverty.
January 26, 2010
By Dan King
Meeting us at the airport in Kampala were two people that I’ll never forget… Reverend Jonathan and our driver Chintu (pronounced kin-too). Not only was Chintu our driver, but he was the owner of the transport company that he represented. What I thought was really cool about him is that he was also someone who had benefited from the same microfinance work that we were there to support!
January 10, 2010
Over 13,000 previously illiterate people, 75% of whom are women, have been given literacy skills, health education, nutritional advice, business and income generation skills. Crucially, by working in partnership with other agencies, such as Five Talents, Mothers’ Union has helped sensitise communities about the CPA, the forthcoming referendum and the elections – enabling community members to be equipped to make informed decisions and participate fully in the process. This progress is at risk should the fragile peace not be protected.