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.
2016 Lydia Award Finalists: Every year, PEER Servants recognizes the clients served by our microfinance partners who are having the most impact on their respective communities, much like Lydia, the seller of purple cloth and dye we meet in Acts 16. We are so inspired by our 2016 finalists - an artist and laundromat/internet cafe owner from Guatemala, a seamstress from Sri Lanka, and a carpenter from Zambia. Read their stories, choose your favorite, and vote online for our 2016 Lydia Award winner. Then plan to join us Thursday, August 11, 6:30-8:30 pm (Room 205 of Grace Chapel's Adult Learning Center, 2 Militia Drive, Lexington, MA) for an evening celebrating the finalists, enjoying Guatemalan, Sri Lankan, and Zambian cuisine, and getting another opportunity to vote in-person before we announce the 2016 Lydia Award winner!
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.
2016 Kopano Walk/Fun Run for Economic Empowerment: We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in our annual Kopano Walk for Economic Empowerment over the years and 100% of that is empowering the materially poor around the world. Our main 2016 Kopano Walk for Economic Empowerment was on Saturday, June 25, getting us halfway to our $50,000 fundraising goal, but you can walk right where you are on any day through December 15 and/or support any of those who have set up crowdfunding pages. Click here for the Walk website and crowdfunding page and in minutes you'll be raising funds that will change the futures of families in the country of your choice. Thanks for joining us!
Online Gift Gatalog: You may be looking to give a gift, tell others what you'd like to receive, or like to direct 100% of your donation to the country and program of your choice Our Online Gift Catalog provides a number of life-transforming gifts that you can give to honor someone special while touching the life of a materially poor family, adult, or child. Gifts ranging in price from $25 to $2,000 include micro-loans to grow small businesses, education scholarships for children, travel scholarships for hardworking volunteers, and more. 100% of your gift will go to your desired program and location around the world. If you are giving a gift to honor someone, we'll offer to send a card to the person you are honoring with your personal message to let them know how amazing they are and how the gift given in their honor is helping someone else become pretty amazing, too! Click here to access our Online Gift Catalog. Thanks for making a difference!
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 - Joint Effort for Development/South Sudan: We are very pleased to announce that Joint Effort for Development (JED), an impressive South Sudanese organization extending more of the kingdom of heaven, has invited PEER Servants to partner with them on SIMPAP - Single Mothers Poverty Alleviation Program. SIMPAP will enable hundreds of single mothers in Morobo and neighboring counties in South Sudan to learn a trade and have access to affordable capital to grow a small business that will enable them to provide for their children. JED plans to launch the program in 2016. If you are interested in joining our Team South Sudan as a volunteer or supporting this initiative financially or in your prayers, please contact us at email@example.com.
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 have a significant impact on the country of Moldova. 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.