We provide training, support services, and small loans to 27,000+ poor rural African women, so they may build income-generating businesses to support their families, improving living standards, and ending the cycle of poverty. $12 million in loans issued.
In 1992, a young, single father of two small
sons was in a precarious situation. Like most
parents, he needed a job so he could support
his children. The hitch? Derek Burton has
limitations which affect his mobility and ability
to stand. But not his spirit or determination.
He’d worked for a decade at Sears, and
during his tenure there had earned his
associate’s degree in computer science from
Oklahoma City Community College. When
Derek heard Sears was closing that store, he
felt like a heavy weight had been placed on
John was a returning Afghanistan Veteran. He could not find a job and was becoming very depressed. He was forced to live in his car due to his financial situation. We wrote him a usajobs.gov Federal Resume which took us over two hours. It included his varied military experience which we converted to civilian experience. We then helped him submit it to a local Naval Shipyard. He was subsequently notified that he had been selected for an interview at the shipyard. We then provided him with several hours of intensive one-on-one interview training.
Twenty-six-year-old Rosina Das runs a small grocery shop in her village near Balakati, Odisha, in eastern India. She and her husband own a small lot of land, but their crops don’t bring in enough money for them to provide for their two children and meet their household needs. Rosina needed another way to support her family, so she converted a small room in her house into a grocery store and became a small business owner. Her business quickly took off since there weren’t many other stores in her village.