Power of Love Foundation

Our Mission is: To turn back the tide of the global AIDS epidemic through innovative community responses that increase the effectiveness of prevention and care efforts. Our Vision is: A world where the AIDS epidemic is in continuous retreat, and people living with HIV/AIDS have access to loving care and treatment in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
May 11, 2013

Business Training and Loans Provided to 80 New Women Entrepreneurs in Zambia

Power of Love's micro loans program provides business training, small loans and business monitoring and advice to poor women entrepreneurs in Zambia.  Over the last eight years, our women entrepreneurs have built successful businesses that provide for their families, keep their children healthy, and in school. In addition, the women have started planning and saving for a better future for themselves and their families. Repayment rates in our program are in the range of 90% - extraordinary given the difficult circumstances of our loan grantees. We believe that these high repayment rates are the result of the business training provided prior to the loan. For more information on our micro loans program, please click here.

In April 2013, business training and loans were provided to 80 new women entrepreneurs. The women were identified and selected based on their willingness to learn to run a business and family circumstance. Eighty women participated in our four day business training program. The goal of the training is to equip the women with tools that will help them run a successful business so that they work towards self-reliance. This Mother's Day, give a gift of business training to a mom in Zambia so she can take care of her family and keep her children in school. A gift of $50 will provide business training to one mom entrepreneur in Zambia. To donate please click here.

Business Training Modules

Introduction: this part of the training is vital as it helps the women understand if they can be good borrowers. Most of the women have never been to school or had any formal training so even simple business concepts are new to them. All modules are supplemented with hands on exercises, and work sheets, real world examples and group discussions. This part of the training covers:  

  • What is business?
  • How to start or expand your own business?
  • How to raise money for your business?
  • How to make profit in your own business?
  • How to protect your own business

Market investigation - This is the second module and covers topics such as:

  • What  am I going to sell
  • Who will buy from me
  • What will be the location of my business
  • How am I going to sell my goods or services

Buying - In module 3, the following concepts are discussed:

  • Quality
  • Cost and Pricing
  • Basic line and other lines
  • Adding other merchandise lines
  • Places to buy from
  • Inventory size
  • Frequency of purchase of raw material/supplies/inventory

 Business Concepts - This module covers:

  • Sales
  • Profits
  • Price
  • Managing Money
  • Repayment Schedule

 Business Promotion - This module covers:

  • Learning about your product
  • Advertising your business
  • Store display and design
  • Learning about customer needs
  • Customer Service
  • Ethical business practices
  • Reasons for a business to not do well

Simple Business Plan - The training ends with the women making a simple business plan for their proposed business. In addition, one afternoon is devoted to a discussion on social issues, followed by Q and A. This encourages the women to share their views, and ask questions so that they can learn about a variety of issues (ranging from repayments, to prevention of HIV, and running the business if a family member/child is sick and needs care) that are important to them.

At the end of the training, the women are eager to start their own business and start making repayments with earnings from their businesses. The women understand the importance of making loan repayments on time as after completion of repayments they are eligible for a second loan, and subsequently a third and final loan.   

Conclusion

The business training provided to the loan grantees is popular with the participants and a critical factor that leads to high repayment rates.  

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May 11, 2013

An Update on Power of Love's Project "Health Care for 200 HIV Positive Children in Zambia

Mother's Day is May 12 - give a gift of a healthy baby to a Mom in Zambia. The Power of Love team would like to thank its friends and donors who provide support to its pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia. With generous support from donors, we have been able continue to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. To learn more click here.

PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to child transmission)

One of the elements of our pediatric HIV/AIDs care program is PMTCT. As discussed in our last report, eleven children were born in our Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Program in 2012 and all 11 children were born HIV negative. This is remarkable as the new born babies have HIV+ mothers and siblings. In fact of the 23 children born since we launched the PMTCT program, 22 have been born HIV negative.

Given below are stories of two children born HIV free to HIV positive moms in our program. These babies have confirmed our belief that with proper intervention via PMTCT we can reduce/eliminate new pediatric HIV infections. As always, we appreciate your support as we could not have done this without you.

Emmanuel was born HIV free in September 2011. His parents and older sister, Charity are HIV positive. Charity is enrolled in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program since 2006 and Emmanuel's mom was enrolled in our PMTCT program in early 2011. Emmanuel's mom was provided with counseling, guidance, and monitoring of her medication regime till Emmanuel was born. She is happy that Emmanuel is HIV negative and participates actively in the Saturday afternoon Safe Park program. She brings Charity to the Safe Park program where Charity participates in organized games with other children and gets help with homework.

Bupe: Bupe's mom was identified as pregnant during a weekly home visit for her son Ben, who is enrolled in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. Bupe's mom was enrolled in our PMTCT program and was monitored and counseled by the Project Nurse. Bupe (means Gift) was born HIV free on May 20, 2012. She has been tested three times for HIV (July 5, 2012, October 9, 2012, and on December 21, 2012) and all three tests confirmed her HIV negative status. Bupe's mom and family are happy that Bupe is HIV free even though Ben (her older brother) is HIV positive.

Please donate generously to this program so that we can meet our goal of 100% HIV free births, and all 200 HIV positive children can continue to lead healthy and close to normal lives.

Happy Mother's Day. 

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May 10, 2013

Mosquito Bed Nets and Children's Health in Zambia

Happy Mother's Day!  This Mother's day give a gift of health to a mom in Zambia. Your donation will go a long way in keeping children malaria free, healthy and in school. A donation of $10 will provide education on prevention of malaria and two bed nets (that can sleep two adults and four young children) to a family in Zambia.

Impact of Usage of Malaria Bed Nets on Children's' Health

Over the last three years, we were able to provide 3800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. The nets were used by an estimated 4000 children (as each net can sleep up to four young children) and 2500 adults (as each net can sleep two adults). Usage of the mosquito bed nets has led to a marked improvement in the health of all beneficiaries but the impact on the health of young children has been much greater. This is because malaria can have severe health consequences on the health of younger children whose bodies have yet to develop the strength to fight the disease. In addition, malaria can be fatal for a child who is malnourished and HIV positive. Also, the use of bed nets has prevented pregnant women from contracting malaria in our community. This is very encouraging as malaria can be fatal for HIV positive pregnant women. Finally, people living with HIV are three times as likely to suffer from malaria, as compared to a person who is HIV negative.

Need For Nets: The need for several thousand more nets is ongoing for the following reasons: (i) in low income areas in Zambia, there are several water logged areas/sewers which are breeding grounds of mosquitoes, (ii) due to an unemployment rate upwards of 67%, the residents of the community are not able to afford a net, and (iii) a high rate of HIV incidence increases their vulnerability to malaria.

At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) before the start of the next malaria season in Zambia. Please donate generously to  help save lives. To learn more about our malaria prevention program in Zambia click here.   

Thanks again for your continued support for this program.

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