No organization can support a third world community for a long period of time, simply because it leads to dependence. Therefore, creating sustainable economic development opportunities is a very important aspect of any successful program.
One of the most effective ways of helping people increase incomes, besides agricultural support and training, is through the development of a micro-lending program. This has been proven to work very effectively in many third world countries, as it is now one of our many projects in Kenya. Microlending is especially beneficial to women. As a result of the small loans, the women can start their own small business, thus increasing family incomes and more independence.