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.
2015 Annual Meeting: Join us Saturday, December 5, from 9 am to 2 pm for our 2015 Annual Meeting (Room 205 of Grace Chapel's Adult Learning Center 2 Militia Drive, Lexington, MA). We will kick off the first day of our 25th year and who better to bring our spiritual challenge, "Celebrate the King", than Paul Borthwick, long-term friend to PEER Servants and one who was walked close to us in virtually all of those 25 years! It will be a great morning starting with our fantastic international potluck breakfast (please bring something from your favorite part of the world!), celebrating some of the highlights of our first 25 years, but looking more ahead to what God has in store in the years ahead. We would love for you to join us and you are most welcome!
Online Gift Catalog: You may be looking to give a gift, tell others what you'd like to receive, or just be feeling generous today! 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 location around the world. We'll even 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!
2015 $100k Kopano Walk/Fun Run for Economic Empowerment: It's the biggest event in our quest to raise $100,000 to empower the materially poor through crowdfunding in 2015. After our May 30 Boston Walk, we have surpassed the $40,000 line, with more funds still coming in. Click here to see a list of walkers who set up a fundraising page and select your favorite to support. If you have an event you'd like to sponsor, have a special birthday through which you'd like to bless the materially poor, or have something else in mind that fits crowdfunding well, check out our Razoo page and then click on "Get Started" to set up your own event, webpage, and more. Thank you!
Congratulations to our 2015 Lydia Award Winners: Congratulations to Joel and Angel Venus, Tuna Processors served by The Center for Community Transformation (CCT), PEER Servants' microfinance partner in the Philippines. Joel and Angel started their business borrowing $100 from a cousin and then had to borrow from loan sharks at 20% per month interest. They heard about CCT and, through a series of 20+ CCT loans, have been able to grow their business at much, much lower interest rates and now employ 20 people, sell through 30 wholesalers, and are able to bless their extended family, church, and neighborhood. Joel and Angel were among three very inspiring finalists - click here to read their stories.
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.
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? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like more information on a future 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.