|A Time of Celebration: |
People Over Profit
Businesswoman Anita Huggins spoke at the inauguration of our new building in Managua, Nicaragua.
Anita shared with the women these six points:
- Be honest with yourself and with others
- Don't let circumstances change your outlook
- Keep learning and growing in your business
- Surround yourself with people who encourage and affirm you, and encourage those around you
- Each day is a new day. Mistakes are not failures. They are learning opportunities.
- In all things, trust God.
woman who had attended the event but was not a borrower approached
Anita after her speech and said, "I came this morning looking for one
thing, but as you were speaking it was as if God was speaking to me
through you. You are not like so many of the other micro-financers...you
really care about the people."
Anita speaking with inspired woman.
Anita and David visit with Katherine, one of our clothing retailers in the market.
Business in the market
Jamie Moody, President, Tree of Life
One would be hard pressed to find a company with a stronger
founding principle than Tree of Life Canada, a respected provider of
specialty and natural foods with the largest sales force of its kind in
|Jamie Moody, President of Tree of Life|
"Helping Canada Eat Well And Live Well," is our motto," says the company's president Jamie Moody.
big part of the company's mission is also to help the less fortunate.
Among its various causes, Tree of Life Canada is an annual donor and
cherished supporter to The Lending Journey.
"We have a charitable
program called Tree of Life Cares," says Moody. "Part of its
mandate is that someone from our company must be involved in the charity
we decide to sponsor."
In this case, that someone is Helen Pike,
Director of Marketing for Tree of Life Canada who has also been on the
board of The Lending Journey since 2010.
"We are proud of
the work Helen is doing," says Moody. "And providing loans to poor women
entrepreneurs in Latin America so that they can start businesses and
improve their lives really resonates with us as individuals and with our
company's overall vision."
Great to hear that Tree of Life Canada also continues to grow with record sales year after year.
You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost... I will search for the lost and bring back the strays.
Ezekiel 34 vs. 4, 16
I came across these verses during a time of reflection while I was in
Managua in March. We were in the process, as a staff, looking at how our
charity/NGO was reflecting our Christian values. We have heard many
women say to us, "You are so different than other micro-finance
charities, you care very much about the people." We really appreciate
that and it affirms how we are living out our faith: "People over
In Ezekiel 34, God is challenging the leadership to reflect on how they
have led. Two things stuck out to me in chapter 34:
- What are you doing to keep the sheep on track
- What are you doing to reach out to the sheep that are lost.
management grind can drain the life out of remembering why we serve.
Moving into our new office demanded the cleaning up of files, purchasing
new desks, chairs, file cabinets and the setting up of a reception area
and training area. And the meetings! Staff meetings, meetings with
banks, meetings with lawyers and boards; I think you get my drift.
All these things are
vitally important to run a successful and prosperous
charity/Micro-finance organization. But that is not what it is all
about? It is about seizing the moment, taking every opportunity to pray
for and encourage a sister in the faith who is discouraged or to lead a
lost sheep to Christ.
At our staff meeting, as
we reviewed our core values, we again reaffirmed our commitment:
encouraging the discouraged sheep and finding the lost.
Thank you again to all
those who donated money to help us set up our new office and buy the
much needed furniture to set up shop!
|The home of a borrower|
A group of preschoolers we support
in San Benito
|Anita and Jahira|
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