Six countries, four continents, countless lives ... and growing.
Egypt is the birthplace of TOLI. With more than 1500 loans distributed here (and counting), there are entire villages where the TOLI loan program is self-sustaining — meaning as recipients pay back their loan, new entrepreneurs are offered funds. Modest interest on the loans employs multiple staffers in each village. In one village alone, El Kom El Akhdar, an initial investment of $20,000 just over ten years ago, has translated into more than $500,000 worth of business enterprise.
In the village of Mai-i-ihii, TOLI is partnering with Comet House ministry to invest in mothers who need a kickstart to self-sustaining businesses. Through entrepreneurship education and microloans, these women are seeing their dreams of an income-producing business come to life. Later in 2018, we will launch another site in central Kenya. To learn more about our Kenya initiative, click here:
Duars, India is nestled in the far northeast of the country, wedged between Nepal and Bhutan. Through a strategic partnership with a ministry in the region, we have issued dozens of loans to families in the last year. Projects range from livestock, like pigs and goats, to a small shop to tailoring businesses. Many are already successful enough that loans have been repaid and are now being reinvested in the community.
The coastal town of Puerto Cabezas used to thrive on tourism — until Hurricane Felix hit in 2007. It never recovered. Today the drug trade fuels the economy — and the hopelessness of many of its residents. The jail in Puertos Cabezas is filled with women who ran drugs in a desperate attempt to care for their families. This spring, TOLI is launching through a local ministry that helps these women recover, heal and build new futures for themselves and for their families.
Although situated on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, Albania is an economically depressed country that seems forgotten. Starting in late 2018 in the city of Korce, TOLI will begin offering its first round of loans to recipients.
Refugees struggle daily to overcome language and cultural barriers in order to establish a life for themselves and their families in a new land. Our refugee program in Colorado Springs provides hope to these families through: material aid, language classes, cultural guidance, mentoring and entrepreneurship education.
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