A Picture on the Wall

Meet Salome, a Tanzanian Entrepreneur

Meet Salome, a Tanzanian Entrepreneur

We had a guest in our Five Talents office last week. When I asked her what kinds of questions she and her friends might have about what we do, she pointed to this photograph on the wall. She reflected out loud on the woman’s life. “I wonder how she spends her days with her sewing business? Look at those pictures on the wall behind her. I guess she designs clothes for the people who come to her shop. Apparently, she doesn’t just repair clothes that are old and worn out. I wonder how she learned how to design. And I wonder what kind of dresses she makes.”

I was so impressed with the way this young woman in our office was able to instantly connect with the spirit of one of our entrepreneurs. It helped to remind me that each one of these children of God is not just a new business owner. Each person who participates in our programs has a story, a family, and a future.

It made me feel grateful to be a part of these people’s lives, as you are, too.

World Mission Sunday is February 4th

Dear friends,

We have some terrific resources for you.

Feb 4th will be World Mission Sunday in many of your churches, so we’ve prepared free resources you can use in groups or by yourself. These materials include a variety of stories about work around the world with the poor, including both huge challenges and how these people are doing exciting things.

Please take a look at this link for World Mission Sunday.

I can’t take credit for developing any of these great materials; I can only tell you they are worth the time to explore them.

-Dale Stanton-Hoyle

There is Still Time to Give in 2017

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Chairman's Message:

This is the last week to make tax-deductible donations for 2017!

Make a gift to Five Talents today and help promote peace and prosperity in 2018.

Your gift empowers women and men with mentorship, training, access to savings and loans, and business development. As the chairman of Five Talents, I’ve had the chance to travel this year and see how whole communities are transformed by our programs. People truly are moving from dependence to dignity.

There is still time. Make your tax -deductible year end contribution to Five Talents now.

It’s easy to give online, over the phone, or by mail. Click below to learn how:

Thank you for your partnership in ministry. May you find continual joy during this Christmas season. God bless you,

Jim Oakes
Board Chairman

Empowering Transformation: Executive Director's Video Appeal

By helping women and men access financial services and learn to develop and grow their own businesses, Five Talents helps the poor provide for their families and live with dignity and hope.

I am proud to be part of Five Talents and I know you will be too!

Join us in making a difference through your tax-deductible donation today:

What I Learned This Week from Five Talents Friends

This week my wife, Lynn, and I spent a wonderful week with Five Talents friends in Texas, just out-running the snow in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas.

Savings groups members record contributions during a recent meeting I attended in Thika, Kenya.

Savings groups members record contributions during a recent meeting I attended in Thika, Kenya.

We enjoyed sharing stories of Five Talents entrepreneurs around the world who are making a difference in the lives of their families and others where they start new businesses. But we also learned a lot from these devoted and generous friends.

One couple told us about how they openly discuss their finances with their children. They could afford to buy $200 Nike shoes if they decided to. They could spend a lot more on vacations, rather than travelling back each year to a favorite family camping area. But they discussed with their two boys how that money could be used for all kinds of things. So, not surprisingly, part of what they do is support new entrepreneurs around the world though Five Talents.

Several people expressed surprise that these entrepreneurs had borrowed the money to start businesses from their peers in their savings groups, not from donors in the US and the UK.

Several successful business people talked of how much they liked the fact that the entrepreneurs had to make a “Shark Tank” pitch of their business plans to convince their peers why they should believe in their new ventures.

I listened to friends talk about what gives them the most meaning in their lives, how we spend our time and resources, and how we make a difference with the time we are given.

In the end, I learned more about how we are all similar, figuring out how to get something out of our lives by giving to others. It felt good. I learned a lot.