Day 8: 8th March: Savings
One of the newest additions to the Diocese of Niassa’s Mission department is Savings Groups. Community savings and loan groups are composed of 15-25 people, who meet weekly to save their money. Records are kept and money is held in a common fund. It is lent out to members who use it for bigger investments and then pay the money back to the fund. Hear from a member of the group (whose name has been changed):
“My name is Clara Choca. I am 38 years old, and living with HIV. I have been receiving HIV treatment for many years, thanks to the Anglican Church, which brings my medicines to me in my village every month. I am grateful for this, because it is a long way to walk to get medicine. My husband died in 2013, leaving me to take care of my four children alone. I do everything I can to feed my children, but two of my children were expelled from school because they didn’t have a school uniform. On the third of March, Maria (diocesan “adepto,” or fieldworker) came to my village and helped start a savings group. At first, I didn’t want to take part, because they said I had to contribute money every week. Maria led a bible study on 2 Kings 4:1-7, about a woman without money, but God multiplied her oil. This moved me deeply. I joined the group and already took out a loan. I bought fish three times in Mozambique and traveled to sell them in Malawi. I paid back my loan and had profit, and I am no longer struggling to care of my children. They can eat and are studying. I encourage all mothers to take part in savings groups. They are a way to improve life.”
We thank you for these groups and multiply them as you multiplied the oil.