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Helping women build a future in Myanmar/Burma

Goal: $40,000

MyanmarThe well established Mothers’ Union of the Anglican Province of Myanmar, under Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo, has run a small-scale, highly successful savings and loan program for impoverished Mothers’ Union members and others in the Diocese of Yangon for several years. Now, with ARDFC’s support and the expertise of Five Talents, they will be able to expand the program, offering women in poverty in four additional dioceses – including those devastated by the 2008 typhoon – the opportunity to achieve economic independence and stability.

While Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country, the Anglican Mothers’ Union is active and flourishing with 8500 members. The Mothers Union offers a variety of church-based social programs in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma and is a developing country in South-East Asia with an average annual per capita income of $220.

Savings and loan associations offer education, business and skills training, income-generating activities, savings initiatives and ongoing support.

Commenting on his research into the Mothers’ Unions’ micro-lending program while visiting Myanmar in 2011, Canon Daryl Fenton of the ACNA noted that the program has had “good success” and was all undertaken by local leadership. He said,
“Throughout, they maintained high ethical standards… It was transformative to the lives of the families of the women in the village who were able to establish small businesses.”

» See a fact sheet on this project and the similar project in Peru
» Read more about Myanmar and the Mother’s Union work there
    on the Five Talents website blog

» Read a report from Myanmar and the progress to-date on
    this project

Helping women build a future in Peru

Goal: $40,000

PeruThe project In Peru targets two areas of extreme poverty: Huancavelica, one of the poorest areas in Peru; and a slum in Lima. Many suffer from chronic malnutrition and lack adequate housing, clean water and sanitation. Most have migrated from rural areas and are uneducated; only15% can read. Often women can’t find employment.

Many of the women who will benefit from this project are single or abandoned mothers who have families to support. They have the skills to earn a living but need a loan to set themselves up in a micro-business. In addition to providing working capital for these savings and lending groups, the project also allows members to receive training in: business planning, personal development, product development, sales and marketing. Pastoral care by the local Anglican churches and the Biblically based curriculum encourage spiritual transformation as well.

Our partner, Five Talents International, is working with the Anglican Church of Peru (a missionary diocese in the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone) and the Ecumenical Church Loan Fund of Peru to implement these projects. Past microfinance projects in these communities have succeeded in transforming lives and had a high rate of loan repayment.

You can read an inspiring account of one Peruvian family whose lives were transformed by a microfinance loan that allowed the parents to set up a business making and selling traditional crafts.

Archbishop Tito Zavala, Primate of the Southern Cone, in approving this project, expressed his gratitude saying:
“I really want to thank God and support the work and ministry of The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) in partnership with Five Talents International (FTI). As the Lord has sent us to proclaim his Good News of salvation and to serve society, ministries like ARDF and FTI help us to fulfill the Great Commission He gave us.”

» See a fact sheet on this project and the similar project in Myanmar
» See the project final report


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2016-17 – Providing a van for church plants in Cuba

2015-16 – Combatting poverty and malnutrition in Burundi

2015 – Wau, South Sudan: Providing clean water

2014 – Yei, South Sudan: Building a pediatric ward for a clinic

2013 – Recife, Brazil: Training centre construction project

2012 – Peru: Helping women escape poverty

2012 – Burma: Help impoverished women achieve economic stability

2011 – Congo: Helping war refugees get reestablished

2010 – Kenya: Malaria prevention and health education project



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