First VSL training & another CHE vision seminar

After many months of preparation, last week marked the first training of trainers for the Village Savings and Loans program! This entailed a full three days of training for 29 selected trainers (both men and women) from Rumphi, Mzimba, Machinga, Zomba and Mulanje. The primary task of the training was to get the trainees preparedContinue reading “First VSL training & another CHE vision seminar”

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The Reality of Fair Trade Coffee & A Book Review

We can perhaps all agree that over the last century or so at least, there has been an increased interest amongst many on how our personal economic actions affect the economy, society, and the environment. Along with the growth of automatic giving via child sponsorship and online lending platforms, individuals have been able to enjoyContinue reading “The Reality of Fair Trade Coffee & A Book Review”

Blue Cotton Shorts

Kenyan pupils can be incredible listeners. (I learned a few years ago, that in Kenya a “pupil” is called so when they are between nursery class to grade 8, and a “student” is one who is in Secondary School – Form one to form four.) Many a foreign visitor has remarked on how well behavedContinue reading “Blue Cotton Shorts”

The Role of Faith in Development Work

As of late, I’ve been deeply affected by the video shown below. Tim Costello’s (CEO of World Vision Australia) articulation of poverty and the role of faith in development work has had the particular quality of opening my eyes to the reality of what I’ve been seeing all along. His placing of poverty in theContinue reading “The Role of Faith in Development Work”