April 20, 2009
By Emily Belz
“They’re putting money into organizations that have experience with microfinance. That gives me comfort,” said Craig Cole, president of Five Talents International, a Christian microfinance organization. Government investment in microfinance is healthy, he told me, because it pushes job creation instead of government dependency. And that gives the poor dignity as they use their “God-given talents.”
March 30, 2009
By Dan King
Somewhere in this work that God has been doing in me, I came across an incredible ministry and group of people called Five Talents International. These guys specialize in microfinance as a solution to poverty. The really cool thing about them is that they not only provide the loans to people, but also the training that they need in order to be successful with it!
Top 100 Social Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Ideas on Twitter
March 18, 2009
At SocialEarth, we wanted to promote social entrepreneurs and social organizations who are currently using Twitter. While some of the users may not be classified as a social entrepreneur in the traditional sense, we sought users who were genuinely interesting in increasing human welfare via their work.
March 5, 2009
Anglican Communion News Service
Five Talents was awarded the Overall Winner at the City of London Sustainable City Awards at a ceremony in the Mansion House on 19th February 2009. Five Talents also won their category “Sustainable and Responsible Finance”.
March 2, 2009
By David Masters
Microfinance can also be supported by donating to charities such as Five Talents that seek to help those in need through microfinance initiatives.
James Caldwell, Fairinvestment.co.uk director, said: “Microfinance offers people the opportunity to change their own lives – not through charity, but through self-sufficient loans which are repaid and then used to help more people to fulfill their potential.”
February 27, 2009
By Rachel Mason
Like ethical banks, Fairinvestment.co.uk also aids those who need it most through its support of Five Talents UK, a charity which also seeks to help those who need it most through microfinance initiatives.
February 25, 2009
By Kelli Ross, Five Talents Director of Communications
Vasanti Uikey struggled against extreme poverty to become a successful microentrepreneur. Now, this 45-year-old mother of two has been named the 2008 National Runner-up and the Social Responsibility Category Winner (West and Central) by the Citi Micro Entrepreneur Awards program. She was chosen out of 2,500 nominees for this prestigious award.
Thanks to a $62 loan from Five Talents partner, Community Development Society (CDS) in India, Vasanti now owns a milk distribution center and a grocery store in the Pandhrabodi slum of Nagpur.
February 25, 2009
PJ profiles Kelli Ross
Director of communications
Five Talents International, Vienna, Va.
What inspired you to work in the nonprofit world?
I began my career as a daily newspaper reporter, but it was in 2005 during my first trip to Africa that I was introduced to the concept of microenterprise development. That trip has literally changed my life.
February 20, 2009
bdentzy: thoughts for the journey blog
By Bryan Entzminger
Maybe God has called you to help entrepreneurs in need start a business. My sister-in-law recently introduced the family to Five Talents, a group who grant micro-loans for people to start businesses. And, by helping create business, they also help create more jobs. In fact, one of their Micro-preneurs recently won an award.
January 14, 2009
Cwillz Spills blog
By Chris Williams
I chose to give to Five Talents because of they address more than the economic/systemic issues of poverty by working also for spiritual development. Also, they make online giving easy via credit card!