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India

Extending God's Love to Hindus and Muslims

Partner: Christian Service Society

Partner Since: 2010

Programs Supported by PEER Servants: Microfinance, Education

2022 GDP per Capita (Nominal): $2,466 (3% of USA)

How does one empower the overwhelming number of materially poor on the outskirts of Kolkata, India? The Christian Service Society (CSS) has been doing it for 30+ years with initial micro-loans of $100 or less. CSS loan officers ride the Indian Railway for up to two hours each way to reach their clients – 100% of whom are women and 99% Hindu or Muslim. CSS uses the surplus from the microfinance to support village pre-primary education centers, teen tutoring programs, dengue fever prevention programs, animal husbandry programs, and more.

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We meet one hour per month and are currently working on…

Capacity Building: Helping CSS middle management acquire English and develop their management skills, preparing CSS for eventual management succession, and helping them enhance their technology platform.

Resource Development: Raising $20,000+ for the 2024 India Fund.

Networking: Helping CSS learn from and teach other partners in the PEER Servants network.

General Support: Encouraging CSS staff, praying for them, visiting them, hosting them, and receiving what God has given them for us. 

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