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Leah Mshani

Leah Mshani lives in Chitipa, a district in northern Malawi, with her husband and their three children.

A year ago, Leah and her nearby neighbors each spent around 35 hours per week—the equivalent of a full-time job in the U.S.—collecting water for their families.

When friends invited her to join “Light” savings group through their church (a HOPE partner), Leah started saving 500 kwacha (roughly 67¢ USD) at each group meeting.

As she paid her shares, she took out several loans from the group: to start a sewing business, make home improvements, purchase livestock, support her husband in starting a taxi business, and teach other women how to sew to earn income. Continue Reading…

We spent the morning at the Cabrera branch in Manila, seeing CCT’s many ministries in action. CCT’s strategic emphasis is to build a broad set of programs and services on the foundation of their microfinance branch network. CCT has 145 branches across the Philippines, providing a great backbone for broadening their ministry. The Cabrera community center is a great example of this transformation:

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