We Contribute to a Powerful Turning of the Tide
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events...Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope...those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Robert F. Kennedy
Microcredit at All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa
All Souls Village Banking started when a member visited a Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) microcredit bank in Nicaragua and decided their model was a great way for the church to raise money to alleviate poverty through lasting solutions that help people build assets, create jobs and raise their standard of living. We've been funding Microcredit banks since 1997. All Souls, in partnership with JustHope, has banks located in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, Congo, and Kyrgyzstan.
- Microcredit works by putting money directly into the hands of women who own businesses and have no other options for credit
- Teaches women to save, put money back into their businesses to grow, and enables them to engage their whole families in the process
- Changes the lives of the women, their families, their village, their provinces, their state, their nation, and hence the world
- It will change the world one person, one family, one village, one province, one country at a time.
- When the tide rises, all boats float. So taking that analogy, if we as a spiritual community raise the economic well being of those outside our country, it will help raise up our nation and the world.
- Helping female business owners changes their lives. They go on to become leaders in their own communities. When you individually–and your church as a whole–can contribute to this powerful turning of the tide, FINCA and the world will thank you.
Fundraising ideas that work
- Host bake sales
- Sell goods produced in countries we visit or where our banks are sponsored
- Sell products from women in banks we sponsor
- Sell fair-trade items each Sunday at church – coffee, chocolate, nuts, etc.
- Big Event Fundraisers such as the Boar’s Head Feast raising up to $20,000
- Youth initiatives - such as valet parking, babysitting, leaf raking, house sitting, car washes – raised close to $10,000 in six months so they could start a bank and send students on a trip to Guatemala
- Sell pre-paid international calling cards ($5)
- Ask individual donors (some church members will give enough to start a bank – you have to inspire and ask)
- Organize community-wide fundraising events, not just church events
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