FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2004
Five Talents International
P.O. Box 331
Vienna, VA 22183
Five Talents Team prepares for trip to Uganda, Rwanda
For the third consecutive year, a team from Five Talents International, a microenterprise initiative sponsored by the Anglican Church, is preparing to head to Africa to conduct business training for entrepreneurs. This year, the team, led by Jim Oakes of Truro and Suzanne Schultz of Holy Comforter, will teach in Kabale in southwestern Uganda and in Rwanda. Also going on the trip will be John Hutchins of Truro, Stan Kris from Church of the Apostles, Fred Kalema-Musoke of Saint Andrew’s Burke, Gray Maggiano of St. Philip’s Durham, NC, Jean Ann Feneis and Laurie Maggiano both from Emmanuel Episcopal in Middleburg.
As in the prior two years, instruction will be given in basics of entrepreneurship, business planning, marketing, and recordkeeping. In 2003, over 500 students were taught. This year, the team will split into two groups for teaching, so that more students can be reached and class size kept smaller.
Five Talents is hard at work making a difference in the lives of the poor around the world. One example is Elisha, who lives in Kasese, Uganda. Elisha took out a loan of $65 from Five Talents to start a shoe repair business. Today, his business employs five apprentices. In a similar fashion, Joy, an HIV/AIDS widow in Kabale, Uganda, used a $200 loan to start a brick-making business that today employs eight people. Since most people are supporting 5 or 6 others, the multiplier effect is tremendous.
Jim Oakes said, “We are particularly thrilled to have five episcopal churches in the Diocese of Virginia and one from the Diocese of North Carolina represented on this trip. This will give us a wonderful opportunity to build relationships within the diocese as well as in Africa.”
The team will leave the US on August 6 and will return August 22.