Meet Carren, one of the widows NVI recently funded with a post-COVID grant. Carren sells fresh orange juice at a local market. She realized that if she had a cooler and a blender, she could keep her juices cooler, and add fresh fruit to create custom smoothies! Here she is with her new equipment - set up and doing business!
Last Fall we held NVI's Virtual Concert for widows in Africa whose businesses were destroyed by COVID lockdowns. Since then, we have gone through a training and interview process, and earlier this year gave out grants to the first 20 widows. We are beginning to receive pictures of "our" women setting up their new businesses and couldn’t be more excited. One of our widows, Rose, has a poultry business. She asked for funds primarily to acquire an incubator, which will significantly expand her business and diversify her product line. Pictured here, you can see Rose in one of her poultry runs, the incubator and a full load of eggs in it. This will make a great impact in her business! We can’t wait to share more stories with you as they come in, so be on the lookout! If you want to support other widows like Rose who are restoring their businesses, please go to https://www.newvinesintl.org/fund-a-new-small-business.html. Thank you!
How we see success: We have several measures of success at NewVines, but one of the most important is - are we successfully training local leaders and teachers to take over? Our primary goal is to build competence into the populations we work with, so we can move "up" to coaching leaders, and opening up new ministries.
Pictured here is one of our Trainers in Uganda who, having mastered our class in Personal Financial Management, is conducting a class on the same subject with her colleagues in Mbale.