SPARK collaborates with women in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Zambia to implement Project Concern International's Women Empowerment (WE) program. This savings concept provides the means for individuals and groups to create economic sustainability within their homes and communities. Participants learn how to collectively save money and invest in income-generating activities to help them and their families realize their financial goals.
Their success stories are many! Groups have undertaken such projects as the growing and selling of a variety of cash crops, raising and selling chickens and goats, making school uniforms and paying school fees for families unable to provide for their children's education. However, the greatest project for each group member is the ability to adequately feed their own families and provide for their children's education!
The ELC-Zambia's Pr. Doreen Mwanza is the WE Initiative Micro-savings Coordinator for training in Zambia. Your donation to SPARK will help offset the cost of the five-day multi-group WE Initiative training sessions. We greatly appreciate your support!
It all begins with PCI's WE Micro-saving training!
My name is Josephine Rugowo. Before being in the WE Micro-savings training program, life was very difficult. I could not pay school fees for my 3 children or be sure they were well fed. After the training, I started saving tiny amounts and making 'flitters' to sell. When our group shared profits, I decided to open a grocery store. I'm thankful for this wonderful opportunity!
Cash crop of green beans ready for market!
Cash crop of potatoes planted in large bags to conserve water during drought.