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Raising Families Story from: Zambia

May

The members of Calvary Full Gospel Church in Zambia saw the desperate need of 9 families in their community. Poor and struggling to make ends meet, the parents were forced to pull their children out of school when fees became too much of a burden on their small incomes.

Rev. Kantumoya of Calvary Full Gospel Church prepares clay from an ant hill to be put into the brick molds

Rev. Kantumoya of Calvary Full Gospel Church prepares clay from an ant hill to be put into the brick molds

The Raising Families Zambia programme helped Calvary Full Gospel Church to realise the potential of the resources the community already had and how it could be used to support these struggling families. The church was taught how to make building bricks out of clay from the ant hills which form on the community’s land, which could be sold at the market.

The Church Action Group was inspired by the training. They set to work with the hope that they could use it to give the children of their community a future. Soon the group was selling 8,000 blocks per month which was supplying an income of £450. The Church Action Group started a saving scheme where they encouraged members to borrow money and repay with a small interest if the loan is taken for longer than a month.

This simple business has changed the future of this community; especially for the children who are now supported to attend school and gain their education. Other Church Action Groups are forming and discovering how they can use the resources they have to escape poverty and support their community to flourish.

 

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