Christian Microenterprise Development
By David Bassau
This book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of micro-enterprise development particularly in third-world countries. Using original research, as well as the current literature, this handbook sheds light on the wide array of issues and challenges associated with the implementation of Christian micro-enterprise development strategies. Readers are introduced to the foundational theory behind micro-finance for poor people and are introduced to the principles of best practice emerging from Christian micro-enterprise development programs around the world.
Farms International establishes loan programs and provides funds from which national loan committees distribute interest free loans to needy families recommended by local churches for income generating projects. They also teach families essential technical and managerial skills.
Five Talents fights poverty by creating jobs, transforming lives and by empowering the poor in developing countries through innovative savings and micro-edit programs, business training and spiritual development.
HOPE International is a network of micro-finance institutions and savings and credit associations. They work to empower men, women, and families to break the cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through discipleship, biblically based business training, savings services, and small loans. HOPE International is an innovator in the field of micro-enterprise development by incorporating a strong witness for Jesus Christ and employing a variety of approaches.
Opportunity International provides access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to more than 5 million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in 22 countries use these financial services to expand businesses, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future.
Step Ahead is a non-profit foundation in Thailand. It is a Christian-based integrated community development organization dedicated to helping the poor, the vulnerable, and all those at-risk in Thailand to step ahead into freedom. They offer micro-finance services to families at risk and help them and the community towards community economic development and capacity building.
The Chalmers Center
The Chalmers Center is a research and training organization that equips churches with economic development strategies that holistically empower people who are poor. Through research, micro-economic development interventions and social entrepreneurship principles, the Chalmers Center grows the capacity of the local church to transform the lives of low-income people without creating dependency.