In 2017, generous donors such as yourself helped raise more than $30,000 for Power of Love's micro loans program in Zambia. These funds were used to provide new loans, business training, refresher training, and on-site business mentoring to 400 women entrepreneurs in Zambia.
Judith started selling peanut butter at a roadside stand after she received her first loan in November 2016. Within a few weeks she had to move her stand as she did not have a license to sell on the road. She then started a home delivery business as her customers liked her product. She faced increased competition as more women in her area started making and selling peanut butter.
Dear Power of Love Friend: Happy September! You will be happy to know that we completed a unique workshop in our community in July. The workshop provided training on how to make mosquito-blocking window screens out of recycled waste plastic.
The Power of Love team and families in our micro loans program truly appreciate your support and generosity. Your support and caring for Zambian women and their families is creating a legacy of empowered women, and a stronger more self-reliant community in Zambia.
A Quick Look at the Achievements of our Women Entrepreneurs in 2016
Dear Power of Love Friend: Happy February! Today we would like you to meet one of the amazing women in our micro loans program. Betsy, the sole caregiver for five children, successfully completed business training and received a small loan last April.
Dear Power of Love Friend: We have much to be thankful for in this season of gratitude. Here are our top four reasons:
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.
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 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.