PEER Servants' vision is to enable tens of thousands of the materially poor and non-poor to experience economic, social, and spiritual transformation. We are a group of primarily volunteers who partner with indigenous, autonomous microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. These institutions empower the materially poor through micro-enterprise development wherein small businesses are established that can provide for individuals, families, churches, and communities. Our microfinance partners and the micro-entrepreneurs they serve are used by God to add meaning and fulfillment to our own lives. The transformation we seek is not only for them, but for us as well.
Concert for Economic Empowerment: Please come join us for a fantastic evening of global worship with Christian musicians from around the world complemented by testimonies of volunteers who are using their profession, skill, and/or passion to extend a bit more of heaven to the materially poor. We'll even throw in an International Dessert Buffet, and it's free! Click here for a downloadable poster describing the event that you can share electronically among your friends and/or print/post in your church. It's one of our favorite nights of the year at PEER Servants and would be made all the better if you could join us!
Current Volunteer Opportunities: Do you want to make a difference in the world, join a community of like-minded people, and have your own life enriched while doing so? We have LOTS of volunteer opportunities, most of which don't require you to hop on a plane to the other side of the planet (while some do!). Click here to check out some of our current needs. Hopefully you will see your name on at least one of them and bless us by joining our global discipling community that is experiencing and extending more of the kingdom of heaven on earth.
2015 $100k Kopano Walk for Economic Empowerment: It's the tenth year of our annual Walk for Economic Empowerment and this Walk is going to be very special! First, we will all walk together in unity ("kopano" in a couple of the South African languages) from around the country and the globe on Saturday, May 30. Second, with God's help, we will attempt to raise $100,000, 100% of which will go towards empowering the materially poor through some fantastic indigenous Christian microfinance institutions. Interested in being part of this great event to extend a bit more of heaven to the materially poor? Check back by the end of January to see the Walk website and set up your own fundraising page.
Congratulations to our 2014 Lydia Award Winner: Congratulations to Analyn Estrella, a Pizzeria and Meryenda Owner served by The Center for Community Tranformation in the Philippines, as our 2014 Lydia Award winner. Analyn sells over 500 pizzas a day during the school year and operates a very successful meryenda (snack) shop throughout the year. The business's profits have enabled her to support her church and provide a university education to her children - all from a woman who was told all she needed was sufficient education to read and write. PEER Servants sponsors the Annual Lydia Awards to recognize the clients served by our microfinance partners who, like Lydia of Acts 16, are using their growing businesses to bless their respective communities. Click here to read Analyn's story and that of our two other Lydia Award finalists.
Microentrepreneur News - CCT/Philippines: Meet Francine, a very inspirational microentrepreneur served by The Center for Community Transformation (CCT) in Manila, Philippines. Francine used an initial loan of less than $100 to start her small convenience store business; she now has a loan of over $1,000 that has enabled her to not only grow her business, but start another like business which her daughter runs. According to Francine, while she appreciates the access to capital CCT has provided, what she appreciates even more is the spiritual encouragement and support provided through CCT that enabled Francine to hear about and respond to the love of Christ. Click here or on the picture for a 90-second video about Francine.
Partner News - Casa del Alfarero/Guatemala: We thank God for our newest partner, Casa del Alfarero (Potter's House) and their microfinance program, Vida Nueva (New Life), based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Casa del Alfarero does an excellent job of extending the kingdom of heaven to those living off of the city's large municipal dump. They do so through five holistic programs, including Vida Nueva, their microfinance arm. Interested in seeing it for yourself? Our next Vision Trip to see the program is February 8-13, 2015. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like more information on the trip.
Volunteer News - Scott Purcell: Who has been one of the PEER Servants volunteers taking the lead on Team Moldova? That would be Scott Purcell. Scott has been serving on Team Moldova for over four years. Given his background as a CPA and financial analyst, he has been a huge asset to Invest Credit in helping them tell their story to the international investor crowd. As a result, Invest Credit has qualified for tens of thousands of dollars in various forms of funding that have allowed them to now surpass the 1,000 active clients mark. Scott is one of 100+ volunteers serving our microfinance partners with the skills God has given them and, as Scott so often notes, he is receiving far more than he is giving.