Life became difficult for Joyce when she lost her husband to AIDS two years back as she is the sole caregiver for five children (four her own and one nephew). During a weekly home visit for her youngest child who is enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program, POL’s health care worker advised her to enroll in our micro loans program. Joyce says her life changed in April 2016 when she enrolled.
Microfinance for Women
Dear Power of Love Friend: Hope you are doing well. Today we would like to share the achievements of women enrolled in our micro loans program. These first time entrepreneurs are gaining confidence in running businesses, and making the community stronger by teaching others the value of self-reliance.
Thanks as always for your support for our work in the area of women's empowerment and community strengthening in Zambia. As you know our goal is to empower women by teaching them marketable skills so they can take better care of their families, keep their children in school, and become role model for others in the community.
Dear Power of Love Friend: Today we would like you to meet the youngest member of our team, Sameeran Das. Sameeran, a sophomore in high school, has been volunteering with us for the last three summers. In Sameeran's own words, "since it was my third summer in Matero, it was rewarding to see the progress made by children in the area of health, and the financial progress made by the women running
Dear Friend: Next month we will be celebrating women everywhere by expanding our micro loans program. Fifty first time entrepreneurs will be provided with business training and new loans to start businesses in their community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia.
Dear Friend: Happy February! Today we would like you to meet two women who have had to overcome difficult circumstances and work very hard to begin to become economically and socially empowered. Rosemary (picture on the left) used her loan funds to purchase a cooler so that she could sell cold sodas and water at a busy traffic intersection. Diane (picture on the right) used her loan funds to re
Dear Friend: Happy New Year! We are excited to share our plans for 2016. With your support and encouragement we will be expanding our pediatric HIV care and micro loans programs this year. In brief we will:
1. Add 50 children to our pediatric HIV care programbringing the total number of HIV+ children in our care to 300.
Dear Friend: Happy holidays from Power of Love's women entrepreneurs! With your support, 272 new women entrepreneurs are running successful businesses in Zambia.Earnings from their businesses, enable these women to provide 2-3 meals per day for their families, purchase basic household items, and pay for school expenses.
Power of Love’s micro loans program is located in a community where most residents live on less than a dollar a day. The direct beneficiaries of this program are women (many are grandmothers caring for multiple orphaned grandchildren) and children as they have been disproportionately impacted by the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Africa.