2006, we were growing concerned that the distribution of money
through Peinao to the good and worthy charities we had been supporting
was becoming a bit of a mechanical act. What had started out
as a worthy intent, had in a very short time (2-3 years) become
a task. Somehow, this project which touched our pockets had stopped
reaching our hearts. We were horrified that despite so much suffering
going on in the world we had become almost blase about our role
in helping (in a small way) to alleviate it.
feel the solution is to get more personally involved, and so
in March 2006, we went to visit the poor in southern Uganda,
and in particular those in the slums in Katwe in Kampala.
Our intent (under the banner
of the Transformational
Business Network) was to help them to set up small one or
two person businesses by providing them with seed capital (in
some cases literally) or by helping them with investment to grow
the visit was a real eye-opener. Many had in fact already started
small businesses, using the many charitable finance initiatives
that are around, but in most cases they had run into trouble
because of a lack of the disciplines that we in the West take
for granted. It became clear that the greatest need was not for
further small investments, but for very basic training in how
to set up and run a small business.
so we started Reconxile. Reconxile is a small project to develop
basic training materials to help the very poor in the Developing World set
up and run very small business concerns using the seed capital
that they have access to (through community loans schemes, microfinance,
and other charitable sources). The training materials are cascaded
through the structure of local churches and other well-meaning groups. There are
a number of reasons for this: they operate in the slums amongst
the people who most need financial help; they have a heart for
seeing the desperately poor succeed; they have buildings and
resources to support the training; they have people who are able
to read and deliver the training; and they asked for it.
materials are developed by our people in Tesseract Management
Systems without cost, but we have needed to get money out to
the Developing World to support a number of related initiatives: production
of training materials locally; training local trainers; supporting
a local microfinance scheme, and more recently in setting up
a structure/network of community loans schemes. We are extremely
grateful to Hand-in-Hand for helping
us to do this.
access the materials that have so far been created, please visit
the Reconxile website.
To learn more about our work in Uganda, please visit the TBN
website and click on the details and background tabs
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