At the root of ALARM’s economic empowerment initiatives is the desire to break the cycle of poverty while encouraging and facilitating reconciliation from tribal, denominational and even gender conflicts. Lives and communities are transformed and developed as women, pastors, and youth receive basic business training, loans, and begin a small business. This is one way ALARM empowers communities economically. ALARM believes it is important to give a hand up and not simply handing out charity.
ALARM’s Microfinance groups are comprised of participants from different denominations and tribes. The groups meet weekly for prayer, bible study and accountability. As the groups work, pray and study the bible together, they begin to see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ instead of identifying each other by a tribe or denomination.
Businesses vary according to the region and community ALARM is serving. Those in rural areas may have different businesses from those in the cities. Some common businesses include tailoring, animal husbandry (pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, cows, etc.), farming, selling food in in a small kiosk or restaurant, and shops selling various items in the local marketplaces.
ALARM has a few special group projects where women from different countries make items that are then available through donations to raise awareness of the plight of the women we serve. These items are on an “as available” basis in our Dallas office during regular business hours, at many ministry fairs put on by our partner churches, and at individual parties hosted by ALARM Ambassadors across the US. Such projects include jewelry made in Uganda, baskets made in Rwanda and Burundi, and handbags and greeting cards made by Refugee women in Kenya.
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