Category Archives: Income Generation

Weaving Blessings – Income for Life Project

Providing food and shelter to the poor and impoverished children and families of Debre Zeyit is a lifesaving work but… we want to break the cycle of poverty. We want to enable our children and families to become self-sufficient to help themselves and to help others. We can’t accomplish this goal by just meeting their immediate needs and not giving them opportunities to grow, learn and development.

For children, we are accomplishing this goal by ensuring they receive a good education, which is the foundation to an independent future.

For adults, this goal is being met through our Income for Life Programs such as The Spice Project, Beekeeping, Agriculture and Food Production Programs. Another program we offer is the Loom Program. We currently have 20 widows working on nine looms, 5 of which are metal and 4 are wood.

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Working on a metal loom.

 

The women have been trained to use the looms to make scarves, which are a staple for all women and girls in Ethiopia. The scarves are worn in a variety of ways but the most traditional way is wrapped around the head. Surprisingly, 80% of scarves in Ethiopia are imported so by hand looming them, we are able to provide a superior product for a more reasonable price.

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A handloomed scarf.

 

To keep costs low on the startup and future production, our National Director, Dawit Moges, has found a way to reverse engineer the looms and save us almost $1,200 each! Dawit is a blessing to the ministry as he has a heart for people and a mind for business. Using this skill, he purchased a new metal loom from the market for $1,420 and was able to reverse engineer it to create four more looms for just $240 each.

Saving this money means the women can start seeing profit from their work sooner! It has been so inspiring to watch the women’s dedication and perseverance as they learn a new skill that is enabling them to support their family. If you would like to be a grassroots supporter of this program, a gift of just $300 will purchase a loom and start up supplies for one woman to begin working towards her future.

You can make your donation online, via mail, or phone. Every dollar helps!

http://www.blessingthechildren.org/donate

You can also purchase a small selection of scarves (and baskets) made by the women in the program through the online auction on our website or by contacting us through info@blessingthechildren.ca

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    Changing Trends

    Rick and Amanda traveled to Vancouver to join the mission fest where all kinds of organizations are using their skills for the greater good of the Kingdom.  It is very heart warming to see around 175 booths showing their programs and the good that they are doing around the world. The common theme running from start to finish is that the church is moving the East. Many of the major worldwide mission organizations have Southeast Asia presidents or CEO’s, and on their board of directors.
    Many of the speakers were non western or were born and educated overseas and have since moved to the west. This is a good testimony to the work of the past generation of missions. They have developed a self sustaining, self propagating church of kingdom mentality. The church is a fluid mobile organism that no other organization can compete with. Other faiths have yet to break out of their homelands.

    Other trends:
    • The growth of Islam is through birth rate and the growth of Christianity is through conversions, especially indigenous.
    • There is a notable increase of woman and children at risk.
    • Illiteracy is on the rise
    • Destabilization of youth, economically, socially, spiritually and politically
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    What does this mean?
    • Should western churches be putting resources into western style church planting or empower the indigenous church to grow and disciple
    • Should new missions have the home office in the west?
    • Should the western church start Kingdom businesses overseas to fund overseas work? Resources from the west have been declining for years.

    A quote from Rick:

    “Overall I feel that BCC is moving in the right direction. Our emphasis on enabling the Ethiopian church, providing income generation for our families is a step in the right direction. Our emphasis on empowering our management team in Ethiopia will prove its worth over the coming years.”IMG_20150131_132105[1]