Power of Love’s micro loans program helps women impacted by HIV/AIDS take the first steps towards breaking the cycle of poverty, acquiring a marketable skill and becoming self-reliant. We would like to sincerely thank the Mary D. Fisher Fund and other donors who continue to support this program. It is with your support that we are able to continue providing micro loans, business training, and monitor and provide business expertise to all loan beneficiaries to ensure the success of their businesses.
In 2010, Power of Love provided 115 new loans and business training to women impacted by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. In 2011, we have continued to provide business consultation, monitor businesses, and discuss loan related issues with the women in meetings held every week. In addition, our goal is to provide 50 new loans and business training to women in the next three months. The majority the community in the Matero compound in Lusaka is impoverished (most individuals are unemployed and have little education) and lives on less than $1 per day. The current micro loans program has been hugely successful in improving the quality of lives of the people in the community. These microloans have had a direct impact on the recipient’s lives: the women are earning money regularly and bringing that back to their families, the nutrition and diet of the children and their mothers has improved, almost all of the children are subsequently healthy and therefore back in school, women have come forward to be tested for HIV, and loan recipients have set a new standard as role models in their community.. This program has benefited more than 390 women directly and 3,000 people indirectly (on average POL’s loan recipients provide care for four children and three elderly people at home). In addition, since our micro loans program complements our pediatric AIDS care program we are seeing a positive and sustainable long term impact in the community. Given below is a profile of a family that has benefited from Power of Love’s micro loans program.
Picture below is Ephram. Ephram is 7 years old and lives with his grandmother. Ephram’s grandmother was provided business training and a small loan by POL to start a business. The business run by Ephram’s grandmother is doing well and as a result, the diet and nutrition of the family has improved.
Ephram’s parents are HIV positive. His father divorced his mom as she is epileptic. Ephram enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric AIDS program in 2005, as he was suffering from TB. He tested positive for HIV, and began ARV medication. Ephram receives nutritional and medical support from the Power of Love Foundation. He was also provided with school shoes and uniform. Ephram is studying in grade 1 at a school in Chunga. His adherence to medication is good and as a result his health is stable.
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