For lack of as little as $350-$500
in startup capital, families who otherwise could earn a good living subsist in poverty and misery, exploited by others and enslaved to debt. However when provided some coaching in how to run a small business along with funds to get started, even an illiterate village woman can be a successful businessperson.
Liberated from Generations of Poverty
TellAsia has enabled over 200 families to come out of poverty by providing them a small loan along with business training.
Usually we provide training and the funding to the wife, but the business ends up being a family effort. Businesses include cloth selling, tailoring, operating a general store, a cosmetics store or a vegetable market or raising goats.
These tiny businesses often more than double a family’s income. Families who couldn’t send their children to a good school are now able to provide them an excellent education ensuring that the next generation will not live in poverty.
Leaders’ wives who start a micro-business thus enable their husband to be more active in the community service work as he no longer has to spend such long hours at his minimum-wage labor job.
Unskilled older women are able to operate simple roadside shops. This is a lady we set up in her own fruit business.
This widow was able to provide for her children after we enabled her to start a cloth business.
Goats are a fun and effective way to provide an additional income stream for rural families.