Seeing is Believing

McDonald Kajan shows off his vegetables and the cell phone he bought with the profits. What an amazing month! Boyd and I are home now, after 10 days in Malawi and 20 days in Kenya, visiting SIA partners. I learned so much on this trip. Now that I have been there and seen the situation on the ground, my work for Spirit in Action – building relationships and strengthening people through support and encouragement – will come a bit easier. I have seen the challenges that people face when there is a lack of infrastructure, when they are excluded from the financial system, and when their government is ineffective. I have also seen highly skilled craftspeople, dedicated volunteers, strong support systems, and creative solutions to problems. As we visited Malawi Small Business Fund (SBF) groups in the marketplace and in the surrounding farmland, I saw that $150 really could help a family start or expand a business. It was amazing to hear each group tell us about the successes they have had and the changes they have been able to make in their lives as a result of SIA. Smiling Small Business Fund members share their testimonies with us. The impact of Spirit in Action is real! Your support of Spirit in Action is important and makes a real difference in the life of a family. They are all so grateful to you, the donors, for taking a chance on them. Thank you! I have so many stories and photos to share and I’ll post them over the next weeks and months. Today I’ll just share some photos from Malawi and a video clip of SBF members welcoming us to Manyamula village in northern Malawi. Me and Canaan Gondwe (SIA SBF Coordinator) at the Manyamula market. #AfricaTrip2011 #Gratitude #Malawi #SmallBusinessFund

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