Later this month, we will run a series of blog posts about our program in the Philippines, where we partner with the local Center for Community Transformation (CCT). This photo was taken outisde of Manila in February by Joe Paulini, a businessman living in northern Virginia who teaches business training seminars to micro-entrepreneurs as a part of Five Talents' Business as Mission program.
Joe has been a part of this program since 2002, and he has witnessed first-hand how Five Talents and CCT have been able to empower poor entrepreneurs in some of the darkest, poorest places you will ever see.
"As you drive out of Manila and through the towns you pass on the way, your mind and heart are assaulted by the shocking levels of poverty you see," he said. "Some of the poor are lucky enough to live in a permanent structure, while the poorest live in makeshift shacks made of a patchwork of rusted corrugated steel sheets, woven bamboo, scraps of wood and even cardboard."
You will hear more from Joe in our upcoming blog series on the Philippines.