Women's Micro Loans
CoH is working to overcome obstacles to self-sufficiency within the tribal community.
A Women’s Micro-Loan program, established in 2017, is helping poor Christian families to address their own needs through the purchase of pigs, goats, and sewing machines. The earnings from these small business ventures have repaid loans, supplemented family food supplies, and provided additional income. In 2019, the women paid 85% of the 2017 interest-free loans, and 27 new loans were dispensed, with an average loan value of $90. Many tribal women desire to be a part of this program, but future loans are dependent on the availability of contributions.
“I purchased two pigs with my loan. From these two pigs, I got seven baby pigs, which were sold at a profit. This allowed me to repay my loan, give $13 to my church, place my son in college, and supplement my family’s food. Now, the female pig is ready to have more babies!”
~ A tribal microloan recipient
Two tribal-run Demonstration Farms were started in 2015 to model modern farming techniques, prove the economic viability of new crops in the Hills, and generate supplementary educational income. The farms grow coffee, mango, and Acacia Mangium trees and produce coffee starts for low-cost distribution to tribal farms. As the crops mature, the Demonstration Farms are expected to earn a profit.
Vocational Training Program
CoH plans to start a Vocational Training program in 2021. Tribal students who have dropped out of school need marketable skills to earn a living. Training in motorcycle repair, masonry, sewing, English translation, cell phone servicing, and computers offers significant employment potential. The proceeds from the goods and services provided by students will help to cover program costs.