What is the most significant change members experience while participating in their savings group? HOPE’s partner in Zimbabwe, Central Baptist Church, recently asked 120 members this question. Through drawings and testimonies, members shared stories of strengthened community, deepened faith, and greater provision. We’ve included just a few of their responses below.
Merina found living water
I have been blessed through the savings group. I have found living water. I have learned the reality of Psalm 1:1-6 in my life, and even in trials I will persevere knowing I have recourse and resource in Him.
Makina learned to value relationships
I have learned the value of being in relationships with others and valuing them in the relationships.
Gogo Mutandiko now views herself as a steward
Gogo (grandma) Mutandiko says her group taught her not only the value of saving money but also that everything we have comes from the Lord. She saw that the land around her house was lying idle, so she used the space to plant vegetables.
I have planted a garden at my place. I now relate with creation as a steward, and it has helped me a great deal because I save money I used to spend on veggies. And I sometimes earn from the sales of the produce.
Mrs. Kaloti found greater community
The savings groups have brought together people from different churches and communities into relationships that enable them to work together more than ever before.
Mrs. Moyo shared that all roads now lead to church
As a result of participating in groups, see what happens. All roads now lead to church to worship God and fellowship with one another as a result of the savings groups.
Sandi gained a supportive community
Widowed and caring for her paraplegic son, Sandi found strength and community in her group.
I now raise chickens, have strong relationships with God and others in the group and community, and have bought household furniture.
Mrs. Muhomba found confidence in the Good Shepherd
Psalm 23:1&6—the Lord is really my shepherd. I am not lacking anything, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.