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New Wheels for MAVISALO (Grant Update)

Do you know that joy? That moment when, after saving and saving, you finally have enough to make that big purchase? The Manyamula Village Savings and Loans Cooperative (MAVISALO) felt that joy this month. After six months of diligent saving the Motorcycle Fund reached it goal! Growing Grassroots To back-up a second, SIA supported the […]

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Looking backwards and forwards

In some ways January is like standing on a high ridge line with vistas of two beautiful valleys. The valley on one side is where we have been. We look down and remember intimately the challenge points and the places where we stopped and examined the flowers. The valley on the other side of the […]

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Grants that keep giving!

Today is about giving back! After Black Friday and Cyber Monday Giving Tuesday invites us to put our thanksgiving gratitude into action by helping others.  Spirit in Action giving happens everyday. Giving between neighbors in rural Malawi. Giving between grandparents and children in Meru, Kenya. Giving between students and teachers at schools in Eldoret, Kenya. Giving between […]

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Wow! This report from Malawi made my day!

In 2009 SIA gave Manyamula Village Savings and Loans (MAVISALO) Cooperative a grant to start their village loan fund. It started small and yet each year we get more exciting news about how the group continues to expand, reduce poverty, and serve as a model to other community groups. My heart filled with joy when I […]

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How do you change traditional rites?

I’ve been pretty convinced for a while now that change will only happen in a community when the members themselves are leading the movement. It rarely works to fly into another country, encounter a culture for the first time, and successfully convince them to adopt a totally new practice. And so it makes sense that […]

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