Village Savings and Loan Groups Transforming Kenya
Josephine Munyiva will be touring across Canada this month (May 2017). Please plan to join us if we are coming to your town to hear the story of the impact of your Kingdom investment through World Relief!
Scroll down past the event list below to read more about Josephine and our work Village Savings and Loan work in Kenya.
Please RSVP as soon as possible via email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend any of the events below.
Evening Youth Service For All Ages – May 10
7:00pm – 8:30 pm
Calvary Baptist Church – Youth Room
1636 Regan Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3J 3B8
“Lunch and Learn” – May 16
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Calgary – Crossroads
1804 19th Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 4Y3
“Lunch and Learn” – May 23
315 Lisgar Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0E1
Coffee & Muffin Breakfast – May 24
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Asbury Free Methodist Church
144 Gore Street East
Perth, ON K7H 1J7
“Lunch and Learn” – May 24
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1187 Princess Street
Kingston, ON K7M 3E1
Breakfast – May 27
9:00 am – 11:00 am
At The Crossroads Family Restaurant
384 Arthur Street South
Elmira, ON N3B 2P4
Church Service – May 28
130 Navy Street
Oakville, ON L6J 2Z4
Clearview Christian Reformed Church
2300 Sheridan Garden Drive
Oakville, ON L6J 7R2
Josephine is Executive Director of Fadhili Trust, a wonderful Kenyan grassroots Christian organization that has served the poor of her nation for almost 20 years in the areas of HIV/Aids prevention and community care, education of orphans, and economic empowerment of the poor.
Josephine is an excellent representative of Village Savings and Loan Associations – one of the three main sectors of World Relief’s work that you have supported over the years:
- She has been instrumental in the setting up of over 965 Village Saving Groups of 20 to 30 people each in the past 7 years across Kenya.
- The groups are primarily in very dry areas of rural Kenya.
- 91% of the participants are women.
- 89% of the participants in the groups formed 5 years ago are still part of groups.
These groups have been the catalyst for personal growth, community cohesion, financial savings and discipline, and a sustainable reduction in poverty among rural Kenyans.
Wayne Johnson (World Relief President, pictured above with Josephine) recently spent several days with Josephine’s team in a very dry, rural area 100 km from the nearest bank, with no electricity. When Wayne asked one member what the impact of her group has been on her life, she said:
“We have social cohesion as a women’s group. Now we are more open to share with each other. We pray at the beginning and the end of every meeting. Many of us didn’t go to church before, but now we pray for each other’s family needs. The loan fund has helped me buy cloth that I can sell at a profit. I had no money to buy inventory before. I was also able to buy a male and female goat. Now I always have enough money to pay for my children’s school fees. I can stand with confidence – this built up my self confidence!”