The Village Net thanks all of our supporters who have hit that donate button and started or enhanced a process of growth and empowerment for highly motivated underserved microentrepreneurs --women living on less than $1.25 a day when they first start with the program.
Empowering women entrepreneurs project has been a big help to increasing the loan fund for the women which allows the loans to be increased in size and number. We find that empowering though is a long term concept to achieve sustainable thriving increase in living standards as one works her way out of poverty. In our villages annual drought is an almost given now which makes the loan program very challenged. Food supply is threatened. Health is threatened with lack of clean water. Hours and hours are spent getting water which is often not clean. Or money is not available to buy water or must run competition with paying loans back. The time spent cuts into effectively being able to run businesses.
TVN is partnering with others to help secure water solutions in Suswa and Mwaani. For example one partnership was able to provide water tanks on a school that is being built in a Maasai village of about 9,600 residents. The school's intended enrollment is half children from village families and half orphans. There are now two grades functioning--the first graders were able to move into the facility that is being built...They graduated and are sharing space as the next room is being constructed. There was no water on the school grounds. We were able to help the school secure two water tanks which will help provide water for the school and TVN borrowers. Water will be collected when it rains and will be able to provide water for the school while charging a small fee to be able to pay for the water and maintenance during the drought season. This will also serve as space and market for coops which will be able to synergistically provide for the needs of the school and planned orphanage. The women should be able to spend time more productively on their businesses and the availability of water during drought should increase people's ability to continue economic activity helping the borrowers pay their loans back and helping provide food during drought season.
Your support has helped to increase loan size and grow businesses. It has enabled women to put food on the table, pay for schooling for their children (which often includes orphans), secure clean water, help strategically to work through the drought times, help secure water catchment and tank means as the loan size is increased.
We are committed to empowering women to sustain their family's ability to survive and thrive.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication. It does take a global village and YOU to make this happen.
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