Ten Years of MicroFinancing Makes a Difference As we approach 10 years of systemic change for those struggling in extreme poverty, we have seen an impact. With Jamii Bora, MPA has been instrumental in the survival of this critical microlending institution in Kenya.
With stats all across the globe reading “ Worldwide 600 million children are living in extreme poverty” and “ Almost half the world —over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day” it can seem overwhelming and hopeless to those of us living above the poverty line. Questions like “ what can I do?” and “ Will I even make a difference?” can cross our minds.
“My Social Empowerment is All Attributed to My Cow” Reported to MPA By Mugabi Lazarus – an MPA Journalist in Uganda
Dear Friends of MPA, In January, I had the great opportunity of traveling with Sr. Toni and 6 other MPA friends to visit MPA’s projects in Uganda and Kenya. It was an amazing and humbling experience,
MYTH: Microfinance is a fool-proof way to eradicate poverty.
Do you have what it takes? Put your knowledge to the test at MPA’s annual Trivia Night! It’s a night full of friends, quick wits, free beer, popcorn and prizes for not only the trivia winners but best decorated team table too!
2 Families. 2 Cows. 2 Stories of a Hand Up.
In Uganda for seven years we have been working to eradicate extreme poverty through an animal microfinance project. The project requires that the families invest in their farms by building a zero-grazing shed for the cow, plant sufficient grass to feed a cow, and implement sanitation requirements for the family and the cow to keep the cow in top health.
While tuition for children in East Africa is free, many families cannot afford the small school uniform fee to send their children to school.
A school uniform means that one child will now be able to attend classes. School is free in the communities we partner with in East Africa, but each child must have a uniform and the appropriate supplies to attend. Often times for families these extra expenses in order to send each child to school is very costly. Just by providing the funding for a school uniform, more children are able to attend classes and change their future generation.
“I have a passion and love for my cow and I do all things possible to take good care of it. I have no problems feeding my cow because I have enough land for grass for the cow. I am really delighted that my cow has increased my income through the sale of milk.” – Matilda
Dear Friends of MPA,In January, I had the great opportunity of traveling with Sr. Toni and 6 other MPA friends to visit MPA’s projects in Uganda and Kenya.
It was an amazing and humbling experience, which opened my eyes and heart to the human spirit of the African people and those who work alongside them to help improve their quality of life.
In June, Heather and I visited MPA’s partner programs in Uganda and Tanzania.
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend 6 weeks in Masaka, Uganda this past summer in order to complete an internship for my Masters in Public Health.
I visited Uganda in June this past summer. On the flight over, I felt excited to see the people and places my mom had talked about, but also very nervous about being in a completely new and different environment. I quickly learned that I had nothing to be worried about.
The season for giving is here!
As you deck the halls, bake all the treats and shop for friends and family this holiday you have a few options when it comes to gift giving: