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Upcoming Vision Trip to Burundi

Many of my business partners and friends know that for the past few years I have been trying to find a way to apply my entrepreneurial and business development skills in a meaningful way and to do my share to improve a small corner of this beautiful world. As part of my degree work at George Mason University, I have studied the evidence of the positive impact of micro finance loans in the poorest communities around the globe and subsequently, I have supported a number of non-profit organizations in their fight against poverty and suppression in under-developed countries over the years. I have now been given the unique opportunity to examine non-governmental agency work and micro finance programs up close and personal during a Vision Trip to Burundi from September 16-26, 2014 with Five Talents.

Burundi

Leonie (third from the right in the middle row, Burundi) received a micro-loan from Five Talents to start a local business. She is now able to pay tuition fees so her children can go to school.

Five Talents is a non-denominational Christian faith-based non-profit organization. Their mission is to fight poverty, create jobs, and transform lives in the poorest countries of the world (www.fivetalents.org). My task during this trip will be to pay attention to the cultural aspects of the organization’s work and to journal the team’s experiences. We will meet with program participants and community leaders in different parts of Burundi to document tangible examples of how the program has impacted local communities, and to investigate what aspects of the program work well and what can be improved.

I would deeply appreciate your support for this trip. The team asks for prayers for safety and protection, team-building, and receptivity for both us and the entrepreneurs about what we need to learn. Financially, each team member needs to raise $3500 for airfare, meals, and accommodations, teaching supplies, and participant materials for the entrepreneurs. While I am in the fortunate position to be able to fund my own travel expenses, I would very much like to support the organization and their work in Burundi in a long-lasting way. Therefore, I am looking for partners in raising funds for the program.

To double the impact of donations, Butler Communications will match all donations to support this program dollar for dollar!

A $250 gift will turn into $500, and we will be half-way to starting a new savings group in a village in Burundi!

Together, we can change lives in Burundi in a very meaningful way:

• $1000 is the seed money necessary to start a savings group in a village with roughly 25 people in a group.
• The average loan is $56. With a starting capital of $56, a micro-entrepreneur can build a business to provide food for his/her family and pay for school uniforms.
• Burundi is the 5th poorest country in the world.
• Right now, over 17,000 individuals are enrolled in the program in Burundi. Times 7, that equals 119,000 people.
• There are more than 50,000 individuals waiting to join. The only thing necessary to get them started: financial resources!
• 78% of the beneficiaries are women, who are statistically more likely to reinvest their earnings into their families and the education of their children.
• The repayment rate of the program is 94% – an incredible success and proof that the program works!

Please consider making a one-time tax-deductible donation or enrolling for recurring gift giving. The online donation process is easy and secure: https://donate.fivetalents.org/

In order to enable me to match donations, please select “Burundi” under the designation and leave your name and a personal message for me in the comment box. If you would like to know more about Five Talents or about Burundi, just let me know! I will be happy to tell you more about our trip before we leave and I will in any case provide you with a report about the trip and what we learned when I get back.

Many thanks for your support!

Friderike Butler