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Microfinance and the Nafuu Womens Group

She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
     and her lamp does not go out at night.”

Proverbs 31:18-19

Life for Children Ministry has helped over 1,000 people in business

The Naafu group is one of many groups that routinely meet to help and encourage each other’s businesses

In the rural areas of Kenya, finding consistent work is a struggle for many people. Most families rely on subsistence farming for their daily meals. Sometimes this is enough, but most often, it is a struggle to depend solely on this type of farming, especially after an exceptionally brutal rainy season. When the Husband and/or Father of the family is able to find work (usually some type of manual labor) the money from that can be used to supplement the nutrition of the family, pay school fees, buy clothes and other things the family might need. However, finding consistent work in villages is very difficult.

One of the ways in which Life For Children ministers to the local community in Kisumu and Wachara, is through a microfinance program called MEDD. The program has helped over 1000 men and women start small businesses since it’s conception in 2011. MEDD focuses on men and women in the community who have business minds but do not have the means or opportunity to open their own businesses. MEDD trains these individuals with business skills, the most important of which is a savings account. Small loans are then given to them based on their ability to save. Little by little they are able to build their businesses without the burden of a huge debt hanging over them.

Nafuu Women’s Group was started is under the leadership of Emily, the MEDD Microfinance Officer in Wachara. These women came together as a group to support each other in their individual business efforts. The word “nafuu” is Swahili for “comfortable” in English. Nafuu truly captures the spirit of this group. The members came up with this name because they want every woman to feel comfortable in the group. Their businesses range from selling basic need items (flour, tea, bread, washing powder) from a small shop windows to selling fish to tailoring and clothes making.

Each week they meet together with Emily to discuss how they businesses are doing and to make payments on their loans or to their savings.

Recently, I was able to visit the Nafuu group and I asked the members this question: “What does having your own small business mean for you and your family?” One of the women responded “I don’t have to wait until my husband finds work to feed my family, I am able to do it with my business.”

We praise God for all that He is doing through Life For Children ministry to give hope and life to the village of Wachara.

Urgent Appeal: Life for Children Ministry Pastor’s Training support

In October 2016, Life for Children Ministry is leading a full week of training for 60 lay pastors in Kenya and we would like to ask for your help. Will you please read the note below, pray for the training pastors and the lay pastor students, and consider joining us in supporting this important mission?

In Eastern Kenya, outside the cities, thousands of church groups are led by lay pastors. These lay pastors serve because they are called. The vast majority have no formal seminary training. These pastors serve small churches in villages. A few may have a church building, others meet in borrowed or rented space or in school class rooms, and a few meet in the open under trees. These are known in Kenya as indigenous churches. Their church members are generally poor and not well educated. Some pastors know only a few Bible verses and teach them repeatedly. Training is badly needed.

Several years ago Michael began asking US pastors who came to Kenya with their church short term mission teams to teach small groups of pastors. This training was very well received and has been a valuable resource for those able to attend. This year, in October, five pastors and teachers from the USA will lead a full week’s teaching for 60 lay pastors. This is the largest group to be trained and can have a major positive impact on the effective outreach of churches in the area.

These lay pastors, in most cases, are as poor as their congregants. Life for Children Ministry will need to cover the cost of their transportation, hotel room, meals and incidentals. The cost will be about $60 per day per student or $300 for the week. For 60 students the total cost will be $18,000. The five pastors making the trip are raising funds to help with these expenses but cannot raise the total amount. We anticipate the Mission Team will provide about $10,000 of the total. We need your help to raise the remaining need of $8000.

These students have been thirsting for this training and we do not want to disappoint. Please respond by sponsoring students by the day for $60 each, by the week for $300 each or with the gift you feel called to give to assure these pastors receive this badly needed training.

Donations can be done online using the General Fund or Project donation buttons on the Life for Children Ministry website. Please be sure to annotate the payment is for “Lay Pastor Training” during the payment process. Information for check payment is also there if needed.