"Rather than try to combat poverty from the top-down, microenterprise fights poverty from the ground up by working directly to change the lives of those most affected by poverty.”
Bishop Simon Chiwanga – founder from Tanzania
The Origins of Five Talents
Five Talents USA is a faith-based international development organization with the mission to fight poverty, create jobs and transform lives by empowering the poor in developing countries using savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development.
Five Talents was started at a global meeting of Anglican Church leaders in response to their deep concern for the poor internationally. The founders wanted to guard the dignity of the poor and assist them by creating jobs and opportunities to rise out of poverty, so in 1998 Five Talents was founded.
Today, Five Talents serves communities in some of the most risky, remote, rural areas in the world – places not served by commercial microcredit agencies. Our work has inspired churches of all denominations, as well individuals and organizations of all religious and non-religious backgrounds, to join with us in fighting poverty and empowering the poor. We are headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., and have a sister organization, Five Talents UK, based outside London, England.