Livelihoods

Aug 9, 2019 by Tom Post

Step by Step: Growing Hope in Cambodia’s Dry Season

Running a business takes intuitive market knowledge as people figure out what their communities need and enjoy. It’s about providing products of high quality on time to make people happy and make life better. With that, each business journey usually starts small. In Cambodia, 72 subsistence farmers are partnering with World Renew to take the early steps of their own business journey: from growing enough to feed their families, to growing and selling for the market.

Feb 9, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Five Years, Five Countries, Many Thousands

Today, after agri-preneurship and crop cycles training, Mrs. Chimutha’s average monthly income has increased to USD $200/month, and there is enough food left to feed the family. She is actively participating in a village savings and loans group, is paying for her daughter’s schooling, and is contributing to the building of their family home.

Jun 14, 2017 by Paul Kaufman

Micro-Finance is Changing Lives in Tanzania

My name is Lucia Masamaga. I am 66 years old, married since 1964 and blessed with 7 children. I only attended school through grade one but with adult education classes have learned to read and write. I now enjoy reading, especially reading at home. I have been a resident of the Kisangwa community since 1974. Before the self-help group program was introduced to our village, my income came from farming and selling firewood. I did not have enough money to engage in additional income generating activities. I found it difficult to make some improvements to my house because most of my money went to feed my family.

Jun 2, 2017 by Troy Sanon

A, B, C, D, Snip, Snip, Snip

In rural Haiti, it’s not easy to be a business owner, especially if you don’t even know how to read. Enjoying the income and self-reliance of the entrepreneurial life can be out of reach for the 39% of Haitians who aren’t literate. World Renew Haiti is making that connection for the young people and adults who participate in their literacy classes. Now students in the poor and remote parts of the country who complete literacy training have the opportunity to learn barbering, a skill that will allow them to run their own businesses and generate income for their families.

Jan 26, 2017 by Anedy Ludovik

Fruitful Work for Magreth

In Tanzania a high rate of girls drop out of school, especially in rural areas. Those who complete primary school often do not go on for further studies, because local and traditional beliefs generally dictate that sending girls to school is wasting money. The country also has a high rate of child marriage, which, combined with early pregnancy, usually prevents girls from attending secondary school.

Jul 13, 2016 by Paul Kaufman

“Agriculture Helps Me to Reach My Ambitions”

Julianna weeds her flourishing potato crops. Through the project, which is funded in part by Global Affairs Canada, Juliana was encouraged to join a Village Community Bank (VICOBA) in her community. This small step opened up several opportunities for her.

Mar 11, 2016

Koeung Seoub's Changing Story

Now aged 53, she is a single mother, traditional silk scarf (kroma) weaver. She lives in Takéo province, Cambodia. As a poor divorced mother, Koeung relied heavily on the generosity of her relatives and neighbours. Not having a loom of her own, Koeung Seoub used to borrow time on her neighbors' looms to produce a couple of kroma a week.

Nov 2, 2015 by Rebecca Combs

Mr. Poy Never Gave Up

A few years ago Poy and his wife struggled to support their six children as rice farmers. They often supplemented their income by cutting timber in the forest and selling it in nearby villages. Mr. Poy had to ask five of his children to stop studying and go to work in construction or garment factories in Phnom Penh to help them survive.   

Sep 29, 2015 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Transformation in Tanzania

After driving northeast from Mwanza, we arrived at the offices of our partner, the Mara and Ukerewe Diocese of the African Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT-MUD). Two gentleman, Peter and Charles, with smiles as large as their enthusiasm, bounded out of the building to greet Ida, Paul Kaufman, the Vandenbergs, my husband Theo, and myself.

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