empowering Africa

Like anywhere on earth, a large percentage of the African population is industrious and willing to work, however, in Africa especially, they simply don’t know what to do—they need direction, they need training. Success is defined as getting the African people to take action, inspiring them to take it on themselves.  The problem with microloans and other similar programs is that few recipients are business people.  The hope is that they will develop into business people, but as monetary capital is provided up front—it can be seen just as a handout, and often the will to follow-through on loan repayment is not fundamentally understood as an obligation or commitment. 

A works program is a better model, whereas specified work must be completed prior to ‘earning’ anything of value.  It starts the worker off right, while the principle of giving a handout has little or no lasting value. 

The viability of Small Business came to the forefront of all ideas.  First Love has the expertise to build a ‘works’ program and logistically supply everything needed.  First Love will provide the hands on training to coach the new entrepreneur as they start their own small business which can be in farming, jewelry making, soap making, etc.  It is understood there would be no pay, instead they would have to earn their own income by investing time and work into their new business. 

Sustainability is the operative word if you are going to have meaningful long-term success in Africa, and First Love Ministries is impassioned to identify outcomes that would lead to a legacy of self-sufficiency and enterprise development.  Like anywhere on earth, a large percentage of the population is industrious and willing to work, however, in Africa especially, they simply don’t know what to do—they need direction, they need training.

 
Success
is defined as getting the African people to take action, inspiring them to take it on themselves.  The problem with microloans and other similar programs is that few recipients are business people.  The hope is that they will develop into business people, but as monetary capital is provided up front—it can be seen just as a handout, and often the will to follow-through on loan repayment is not fundamentally understood as an obligation or commitment.