LIGHTING THE PATH
Empowering People, Changing Lives
Sports teams and leagues often update their uniforms every few years leaving boxes of usable uniforms sitting in store rooms collecting dust. We will take sports uniforms which are still wearable and get them to youth, sports leagues, club teams which are in impoverished areas and countries. This gives the program an ability to participate in competitions, is more appealing to youth and gives those participating a sense of pride and motivation to participate and be proud of their involvement.
Teaching the women in the village of Kimini, Burkina Faso
how to make soap and run a small business.
MICRO-FINANCE PROJECTS HAVE BEGUN
Lighting the Path has implemented micro-finance enterprises with specific women in need. We obtained supplies and trained them in how to make sugared peanuts. We taught small business skills and how to run an enterprise and sustain the production. The women were identified by missionaries as being in significant need and the projects have been successful in empowering them to earn an income and help their families.
Yako Women's Center Project -11/16/15 UPDATE - the Women's Center had it's grand opening on January 24th, 2015 and had it's first graduation ceremony 10/23/15!
On the grounds of Sheltering Wings orphanage in the village of Yako, the development of a women's shelter and center has been very successful. Many women with children are homeless and in great need of food and shelter in Burkina Faso. The center gives women and their children assistance with food and medical care, education in math, small business skills and bible study along with skill training is given. We evaluate resources, skills and abilities of the women to train them in skills for gaining employment, making goods for sale or establishing a small business.
We also do consults with mission groups to evaluate projects and recommend approaches for maximum benefit to disadvantaged populations. We travel to many countries to implement empowerment projects where we train the local people and give them tools and materials to begin a small business or production of goods. We teach small business practices for the optimal success and do follow up and troubleshooting, if needed. We also do micro- finance loans and assist with establishing a small business. Once marginalized people are empowered to become self sufficient in meeting their own needs and improve their own family's health and status, they are then able to help and serve others and assist mission projects in the work being done and reach more people in need.
Donated uniforms given to a youth soccer team in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Burkina Faso woman making sugared peanuts after training and supplies were given to start a small enterprise.
The Women's Aid Fund purchased a prosthetic arm for Elizabeth.
The Women's Aid Fund was established to help women with specific needs which will make a difference in their life.
The village of Kimini, Burkina Faso is received three new wells in March! Friends in Action came to Kimini and drilled five wells and hit water in three of them! The village received water and heard the story of Christ as the living water! We hope in the future to plant moringa trees and small vegetable crops to feed the people. This will feed the families and any surplus crops can be sold by the family for income. Please consider donating to this project.
The empowerment project in the village of Kimini has been successfully implemented. Lighting the Path is working with the Benkadi women's association of the village and supplying equipment and training to begin making shea butter soap and lotion. A leader of the village women's association was sponsored to attend a conference in March 2015 which was focused on shea butter product development. Soap and lotion are currently being made and sold in the village and at the market. Small business practices are being taught and initial sales of the products are very good. It is wonderful to see the women excited about this venture.
We will be returning for follow up evaluation and assisting with needs to grow the business.
Our work and projects help people make a better life for themselves. educate children and provide basic needs of medical care, food and more. We serve the needs of others while showing the love of Christ and offer the opportunity for those blessed with more to use those gifts for others. Please consider answering a prayer with a gift of support.
Successful solutions to economic empowerment - the kind that generate an income, builds self-worth and hope and improves the quality of life - requires understanding and commitment to the work, new approaches to confront the causes and sustainable solutions that address the unique circumstances contributing to poverty in each community.
Allowing all those in a society to have an earning capacity is one of the keys to alleviating poverty. When a person can provide for his/her family, he/she has the power to improve the standard of living, the health, nutrition and possibility for education and it gives them more dignity and a better understanding of self-worth. Lighting the Path focuses on economic empowerment of women and those populations who are not given opportunities to earn a wage as the ones who can most benefit from education, skills and training that promote income earning, self-sufficiency and value in a society.
Providing skills training for the production of goods or products
Providing education in good small business practices and work ethics
Providing assistance the organization and formation of cooperative organizations
Providing entrepreneurship training with micro-finance seed money to start independent enterprises
Establishing small-scale manufacturing to scale product production
Promoting better education with providing textbooks and encouraging the education of girls
Building a girls school to allow the education of girls who wish to complete their schooling
Lighting the Path partners with mission groups and social and community outreach programs to evaluate needs and resources in impoverished areas and develop and implement empowerment projects. We are focusing on the specific needs of marginalized populations and those living in poverty. We partner with programs to first assist and meet the needs of nutrition, health and education. Once these needs are addressed, we evaluate resources, skills and additional needs and give training and supplies to begin an enterprise while teaching small business practices to empower the people to help them improve their own lives. We assist groups, individuals, and programs in starting their own enterprise and production of goods, marketable products and marketable skills. We focus on economic empowerment to provide families with food, medical care and educational needs to insure children have the means to attend school. We prioritize education and job skill assistance to women, marginalized populations and the disabled. Maintaining respect for cultural and social practices, preserving dignity and building self reliance is a priority in our work.
Lighting the Path is currently assisting in the development of a line of goods being made by women in Burkina Faso, West Africa through the Sheltering Wings program. Weavers and seamstresses are making fabric and we are working with them to design a line of purses, backpacks, table runners, and other items to support themselves and the Sheltering Wings orphanage. Lighting the Path is importing and selling these goods in the US. We will make custom fabrics and goods for customers and may be contacted regarding this business option.
WHAT WE DO