Quiet Spaces Vol. 15
By Kelli Ross
By teaching basic business skills before providing loan capital, Five Talents ensures that the entrepreneurs and communities benefit now and in the future. It is a very practical and sound approach to fighting poverty. Five Talents President and CEO, Craig Cole, explains how it is not a handout programme: ‘We are teaching the poor that they have value and the power to transform their lives and the lives of their families.’
September 19, 2009
By Audrey Scott
The driver carved his way across northern West Bengal through territory unknown to most, including the mapmakers. Our SUV eventually rolled to a stop at the end of a dirt road where a group of village women dressed in their best and brightest saris were seated in a semi-circle on the ground. They had been waiting for hours.
And they were waiting for us.
We were just photographers, storytellers coming to collect some impressions for Five Talents, a microfinance organization. But the women gathered for us like we were royalty.
“What if we don’t live up to their expectations?” I wondered as I took in all their expectant faces at once.
August 27, 2009
By Dan King
Finally! Today is my day to teach! Well, at least for half of it…
Day two of our lesson plan calls for two important subjects. First up was the financial session. In this session we covered such basic, yet critically important, topics like keeping your business and personal money separate, and how to create a budget. This is the session that I got to teach! Then we wrapped up the training on the second half of the day with a session on business planning. Here we talked about things like putting God first, and using all of the information that we covered previously to create a business plan.
August 20, 2009
By Dan King
Here we go… This is what we came for!
Our first day of teaching has arrived! And one of the first things that I learned today was that schedules (time) in Africa are very different than they are back in the States. I think that our start time was supposed to be 9:00 AM, but it wasn’t until about 10 or 10:30 that we really started getting a decent crowd rolling in!
August 17, 2009
By Dan King
This was the big day that I had been waiting for!
Today our plan was to meet with the people at the offices of Thika Community Development Trust (TCDT). They are the Five Talents partner that runs the local microfinance program. After that, we were going to go out and meet some of the existing program clients… people who are currently benefiting from microloans to help their businesses.
August 5, 2009
The sight of your bank local branch in your neighborhood is so common that you don’t even pay attention to it. It’s there, period. But in Southern Sudan, a brick and mortar bank in a village was a first. The idea was supported by Five Talents, a non profit helping the Southern Sudanese people adjust from their ancestral pastoral life with educational programs. Deng took a loan and had his business booming in the central market of Lietnhom until skirmishes broke again.
Today's Christian Woman
By Keri Wyatt Kent
Africa was the last place April Young thought she’d ever visit. An executive with an international finance company that lends money to start-up companies, she was a philanthropist who preferred to stay safe at home.
Five Talents regularly sponsors “Business as Mission” trips to the places it’s working. For April, the trip to Uganda and war-torn Rwanda in 2004 was a chance to stretch her faith. “I remember standing on the tarmac in Uganda and praying, ‘Okay, God, you put me here. I’m asking you to be here for me.’ And he was.”
What Can One Person Do? The Millennium Development Goals in Action and Practice
By Craig Cole
Thomas Anei knows that partnership is critical to the success of rebuilding his war-torn country. In southwestern Sudan, he has seen how working together transformed Lietnhom, a rugged village 112 miles from the city of Wau.
July 23, 2009
By Dan King
My first morning in Africa! I could not wait to look out my window to finally see what Africa looked like! But I had no idea how quickly this trip would start impacting me.
The place that we stayed that first night was actually a really nice guest house that was run by the local Anglican church. It was a beautiful place! As I looked out my window that morning I saw some plush, green grass and amazing yellow and purple flowers everywhere. The atmosphere was different than what I was used to. In the heart of Nairobi I seemed to be in a secluded little sanctuary and I could tell there was much to see and explore outside the walls of our little church guest house.
July 19, 2009
by SocialEarth blog
In the Top 100 list, we included 19 tweeters to follow for microfinance information, however we know there are many, many more. So in during the past few months, we’ve connected with many individuals and organizations on Twitter invovled with microfinance and wanted to share our list with you.