David Chaves

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.

A Thanksgiving Gift from Five Talents

Good Monday morning.

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Yesterday, churches around the world reflected on Matthew 25 and the Parable of the Talents.

Over the years, we've discovered a wealth of treasure in the Parable of the Talents. As we approach our 20th Anniversary, we've prepared a devotional guide to Matthew 25 featuring reflections from pastors and Christian leaders.

talentED is designed to help you recognize, develop, and use your talents for good. This guide to life, work, and ministry will help you grow your faith and is recommended for private study or use in small groups.

Click here to get your free copy of the book today.

This is our gift to you!

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are grateful for your support and partnership in ministry.

Yours truly,

Dale Stanton-Hoyle
Executive Director, Five Talents USA

Technology, Banking, and World Travel

Dear Friends,

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Good Monday morning.

Wow. What a great trip to Kenya and London. Just arriving back in the US this morning.

Kenya includes some of Five Talents’ most technologically-advanced programs, using smart-phone banking, even in rural villages. Read more about it here.

And it was great to see our Five Talents UK office for the first time. Please take a look at their website.

We’re getting near the end of the tax year. We hope you will join us in stretching every dollar to help the wonderful entrepreneurs around the world who are doing so much for their communities. As always, if you want to make an online donation you can do so here.

Until next Monday morning, blessings,

Dale Stanton-Hoyle
Executive Director, Five Talents USA
Cell 703-472-7679

Hello from Kenya: Announcing our New Website

It’s great to be back in Africa again. I lived in DR Congo from 1981 to 1986.

Dale with Ruth who manages a community bank established through assistance from Five Talents.

Dale with Ruth who manages a community bank established through assistance from Five Talents.

I’m travelling this week with our Five Talents partners who manage savings groups in Kenya. When I get home, I promise to send you more pictures and a report from the field.

In the meantime, please take a look at our new website at www.fivetalents.org It’s beautiful, with so many images of the faces of entrepreneurs who have started new businesses and can now provide for their families. It also explains more about our “new” savings-based approach (which is still evolving in some programs/countries) rather than a more traditional, credit-based approach that we used when Five Talents started.

 

 

Above: Members deposit savings during a group meeting in Thika, Kenya.

Above: Members deposit savings during a group meeting in Thika, Kenya.

Until next Monday morning, blessings,

Dale Stanton-Hoyle
Executive Director, Five Talents USA
Cell 703-472-7679
www.FiveTalents.org