The PW Response

Here you'll find news, updates, and announcements related to the Partners Worldwide response to COVID-19. Scroll to see more.

We hope this serves you as a source of information, awareness, and encouragement as we get through this challenging time together.

Small Act, Big Impact in Indonesia

November 25, 2:17pm 

When we think the problem is too big, we get paralyzed into thinking we can’t do anything.

Poverty is one of the world’s greatest problems. Often people think that only extremely wealthy people have a role in solving this. But we as Partners Worldwide refuse to let this mindset paralyze people. We want to encourage and challenge churches to do what God has told us to do in Jeremiah 29:7: “work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare. We also want to equip businesspeople to step up and step out in small acts for big impact.

Continue reading at the link below.

Caribbean Regional Update Fall 2020

November 21, 11:17am 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe—bringing severe human and economic costs—the Caribbean is no exception. With over 44,020 confirmed cases (14,608 confirmed in Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago) many countries have taken strong containment measures, such as border closures and lockdowns, to flatten the curve.

While COVID-19 cases are low in the Caribbean, even in relative terms to its small population, the curve has not begun to flatten in the region. Although social distancing and quarantines are critical, the economic uncertainty that comes with those measures provides a powerful counterweight – particularly in a part of the world where reliance on face-to-face transactions is high.

Continue this update below.

Shiloh Bridals: Arpitha's Business Journey

November 12, 1:36pm 

From a very young age, Arpitha Ravirekhala developed an interest in sewing, especially during her schooling in Kenya. She developed the skill and really enjoyed making different items, but as she moved back to India for her higher education, she could not continue to follow her interest.

During one of her cousin's wedding, Arpitha offered to make a few bridal accessories, and to her surprise, everyone loved it and this encouraged her to explore this as a business opportunity. Soon, Shiloh Bridals was born.

Continue reading Arpitha's story below.

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Never Giving Up: Southeast Asia Regional Update

November 6, 10:19am 

COVID-19 has significantly impacted Southeast Asia’s health, economic, and political spheres. The pandemic has inflicted real suffering, with a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable highlighting even more the inequalities in the region. The COVID-19 cases are increasing and as quarantines continue throughout the region to prevent greater spread we’ve watched as the Philippines unemployment rate increase.

Continue reading this update below.

PW Training, Updated!

October 27, 2:19pm 

We've had to do our own pivoting in the face of COVID-19 so that we can still reach as many people as possible with training, coaching, and support. Find an update on our trainings below!

Relationships Move the World

October 21, 10:16am 

Gasper is a carpenter and father of five. Living just blocks away from the municipal dump in Guatemala City, he works hard every day to provide for his family. Our local community institution, AMG, is working alongside Gasper to connect him with referrals throughout our network.
In the words of our Guatemala Partnership Manager, Juanfer: "there is no doubt that relationships move the world."
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October 14, 11:04am 

Each year, we gather metrics from our network around the globe. It ensures that we’re using our resources in the most impactful way. This year—while presenting unique global challenges—is no different.

With God's leading and your generous support, we present our network’s worldwide numbers from the last 12 months.

We celebrate these numbers with great joy, knowing that each one represents a life transformed—and a life sustained amidst a challenging time in our world. None of this would be possible without your support. Thank you!

October 13, 2:47pm 

Throughout our network, we've seen first hand how many business owners, creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators have pivoted their business model, their products, or their services to meet the current needs of their communities. This piece offers a great case study in crisis as a catalyst for change.

Entrepreneurs and innovators across India have responded quickly to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A host of new innovations, some emerging from start-ups that have been incubated by universities, have appeared in recent weeks.

There are a number of reasons for the quick response, including the urgency of the humanitarian situation and a proactive approach to crowdsourcing ideas from the government. India also has a wealth of trained engineering talent and helps foster what’s called jugaad – a frugal innovation mindset to find hacks to problems with limited resources.

Continue reading via The Conversation.

 

Testimony to Hope: John Selma and the Selma Agricultural Development Cooperative

October 9, 1:11pm 

It's time for a road trip.  Starting in Monrovia, Liberia you’ll begin a grueling trek to VoinjamaLofa County, nearly nine hours away. Five of those hours are over an unpaved, almost impassable road. At the end of this challenging terrain, you’ll sight a modern building that doesn’t seem to fit in its surroundings, and as you approach it, you make out these words: Selma Agriculture Development Cooperative (SADC)It’s a rice processing facility, and it’s also a physical testimony to hope. 

Continue reading on the blog below.

Training in Haiti

October 5, 2:17pm 

It took two years of scheduling and setbacks, but this week our partners in Les Cayes, Haiti completed a training session using the PW Microenterprise Curriculum! Even in the face of socio-political instability, COVID-19 restrictions, and economic disruption, the leaders of local community institution RES knew the need for training entrepreneurs in their community and persevered in seeing it come to fruition! We're excited to see how each entrepreneur continues to grow.

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The Fruit of Suffering | A Word of Encouragement

October 1, 3:04pm 

Dear Friends and Partners,

In the last week, I’ve heard many stories of difficulty and hardship from our partners around the world. We are witnessing stresses in many global, regional, national, and local relationships—things we couldn’t have imagined six months ago.

In a recent meeting of Partners across three continents and 13 time zones, one member of our team asked two obvious yet startling questions:

How long will I work in an environment that only seems to get worse each day? How long do I continue never giving up on partners and people at a time like this?

Continue reading this note from our Founder and CEO, Doug Seebeck, below.

Pivoting, Partnership, and Success

September 24, 3:44pm 

From January 2020  to March 2020, Itai was running a shoe retailing business that was growing remarkably.  Christmas, who belonged to the same Business Savings Group as Itai, had established an electrical appliance repairs businessThe two micro-entrepreneurs were eager to grow their businesses and needed the help of KCI in developing business proposals and building business networks. 

Continue reading on the blog below. 

Perseverance and Growth: Bismarck's Story

September 19, 2:28pm 

“I am a successful yam farmer today because of the loan I received from Hopeline Micro Finance.” Those were the exact words of Mr. Bismarck Achiam, who resides in Kete-Krachi in the Oti Region of Ghana. 

Bismarck works hard as a painter and a farmer. He is married to Yawa, a seamstress, and they have three children. He is known in his community as Christian and leader who has contributed so much to the well-being of his home. 

Prior to joining Hopeline in 2019, Bismarck depended on an income of less than 1USD per week, which he would earn from his irregular painting jobs in the surrounding villages. This was not enough to feed his family, much less grow his farm. 

Continue reading on the blog below!

Engineer Innovates Tool for Covid Care

September 15, 10:27am 

David, an engineer and member of one of our our local community institutions in India, used his time during the COVID-19 lockdown to explore and innovate ways to care for patients with respiratory concerns.

Read the article via Telangana Today.

Building Local Economies in Honduras

September 11, 11:17am 

We love seeing the ways our network members creatively support their communities!
In Honduras, our local community institution ASM has been purchasing bales of second-hand clothing from a local provider to distribute among people who have been critically impacted by the pandemic. In turn, these people are able to sell the clothes and pay back a symbolic amount to ASM, making a significant profit.
One mother had withdrawn her daughter from school because she could no longer afford the monthly fees. Once she began participating in the used clothes initiative, her daughter was able to return to class! Others have chosen to invest their earnings in business ventures in order to create more long-term income sources.
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A Grand Opening in Cote d'Ivoire

September 8, 10:02am 

We have a grand opening to celebrate! Even in the middle of the economic fallout of COVID-19, our local community institution in Cote d'Ivoire, INSHEV, helped launch a new business. On September 7, Jordan Car Wash opened its doors with ten employees ready to serve customers!
Please continue to pray for this new venture as it serves to model Christian business principles, create jobs, and act as a resource for future entrepreneurs.
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Extended Disaster, Great Hope: COVID-19 in the Philippines

September 2, 9:12am 

On March 12, 2020, the Philippine government declared community quarantine which took effect March 15 for Metro Manila and select provinces, towns, and cities. However, on March 16 enhanced community quarantine (a stricter lockdown) was expanded to the whole Luzon Island--the Philippines biggest island. Local government units from other islands followed suit and also implemented quarantines. Partners Worldwide local partners, Katuwang Resource Center Inc. and CCT Credit Cooperative Palawan, are based and operate in the provinces that implemented quarantine beginning March 16th 2020.

Continue reading this update on the Philippines on the blog. 

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August 28, 8:12am 

Join us in celebrating achievements and encouraging steps from our LCIs in Haiti!
Despite political instability and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our LCIs continue providing hope and provide their services for their members.
Recently, two LCIs received their first training session how to create and operate Savings and Loan Group in order to provide access to capital for their members.
It is amazing to see how God is working through our partnerships and leaders!
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August 23, 10:02am 

Karol and her husband are passionate about Guatemalan cuisine. Watch how partnership has helped them grow their business and serve their community!

August 20, 11:10am 

Four years ago, Sarah started Exdeos Consultants, a Corporate Training Consultancy service that provides innovative workplace and virtual customized training solutions. One year ago, she also joined Business Life Group -- business owners network led by our partner Hope UC. 

Sarah knew that BLG organizes special training sessions and workshops for business owners to equip them with the skill and knowledge necessary for entrepreneurs to excel and grow. She also knew BLG supports its members with mentoring and networking support. 

What she didn’t know is how much she would need that support.

Continue reading on the blog.

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August 14, 9:36am 

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Watch as Brenda of KoyKiss Cakes and Cupcakes in Guatemala shares how her connection to local community institution AMG has helped her grow her business.

Continued Training in Zimbabwe

August 11, 10:21am 

In Zimbabwe, a COVID-19 relief grant was distributed to local community institution KCI to help sustain jobs, create additional income streams, and maintain training sessions. Because of this grant, over 400 jobs have been sustained, a microenterprise training with 15 participants was launched, and consulting services have continued for five local entrepreneurs.

A consulting session with a local savings group.
A consulting session with a local savings group.

August 5, 9:25am 

“Go!” They called.  “It’s not safe here!”  

So they left. An entire village emptied as residents fled to neighboring Guinea in the face of the Liberian civil war. For eight years the village sat deserted while the community that had occupied it lived as refugees of war.  

But when peace returned, so did people. Slowly. Darius’ father was the first. Even in the midst of lingering tension and unrest, he began to rebuild -- driven by the admonition of his mother to never desert his village or forget his people.  

This instruction has made its way to Darius 

Continue reading on the blog below. 

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July 29, 10:16am 

Dear Friends and Partners,

Thank you for your extraordinary work together the past few months that propelled us into the second half of 2020.

We have overcome challenges, obstacles, and fear to work better together than ever before as a global network of Partners. Praise God for you all as our sisters and brothers in Christ.

Right now, we are living in the fullness of time. Galatians 4:4-7 says that when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, to redeem and adopt us as children of God. And because we are God’s children, God sent the Spirit of his Son in our hearts!

Continue reading this letter from our President and CEO, Doug Seebeck, below.

Timely Training in Trinidad & Tobago

July 25, 11:26am 

In this time of pivoting to e-commerce, using new technologies to increase sales and connect with customers can be intimidating. Knowing this, our partner in Trinidad, Network of Christians in Business, hosted a training with Ms. Patrice King, CEO of SmartPrints, for 26 local entrepreneurs. Ms. King walked the participants through her best practices, favorite tools, and tested strategies to equip members of our network to make this transition smoothly and successfully.

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Protecting Against Poverty in Ecuador

July 22, 11:43am 

In Ecuador, COVID-19 numbers continue to rise and the economic impact continues to worsen, but our network is determined not to see communities fall into poverty. An initiative implemented by Local Community Institutions and Business Affiliates provided food kids for multiple business owners and vulnerable church members in four cities across El Oro Province.

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Persevering Through Crisis: How AMG is Equipping Entrepreneurs for Success

July 18, 8:20am 

“When I saw that the businesses we support were closed down, I felt like I touched rock bottom,” Estefany reflects. “I felt the urge to help, and I was filled with feelings of solidarity, wanting to support people and I wanted to show them that both the bad and the good we would be there. So instead of focusing on feelings, we focused on solutions.”

Continue reading about how Estefany and her team at AMG have navigated COVID-19 in Guatemala below.

Used clothes ban may crimp Kenyan style. It may also lift local design.

July 14, 1:07pm 

“If the pandemic persists, we will have to adapt while still producing the type of bright bags that make us unique,” said Awale, 32. “When we source locally, we create jobs and make our industries grow.”

Some great glimpses into how business owners are pivoting to meet the needs of changing markets in the face of the pandemic in this article from Daily Press.

Making the World a Tastier Place: Lisa's Business Story

July 11, 12:02pm 

When Lisa Marsh gave up gluten for health reasons, she was determined not to give up flavor.  

Lisa set out to create gluten-free treats and desserts for herself, her family, and her friends, and her creations were such a hit that her community encouraged her to scale up her business.  

“Everybody said: “you should be in stores, you should do this, you should do that – but then I had no idea about moving it to the next level,” she remembers. 

Continue reading Lisa's story on the blog below.

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Servant Leadership and Business Growth

July 8, 12:27pm

Since 2008, Daniel has known first hand the struggles of being an entrepreneur. He owns a dry-cleaning business outside of the city of Leogane in Haiti, and in 2012 connected with our local community institution BEL. Since then, his business has been growing steadily!

As he invested in his community, Daniel noticed that people were walking or driving miles to access clean water. He decided to invest in a company making clean water accessible to his community -- and in the process created four new full-time jobs!

Daniel says that Christian business discipline and servant leadership were key lessons in helping him create great relationships with God, his customers, and his community.

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July 1, 2:02pm

Join us in praying specifically for businesses, local community institutions, and staff in Latin America, South Asia, Africa, and the United States.

June 29, 12:12pm

NAIROBI, Kenya — James Gichina started out 15 years ago as a driver shuttling travelers from the airport, worked his way up to safari guide, and with the help of some bank loans, bought two minivans of his own to ferry vacationers around.

His clients were, as he is, members of Africa’s growing middle class — bankers from Nigeria, tech entrepreneurs from South Africa, and fellow Kenyans who could finally afford trips to enjoy their own country’s beaches and wildlife preserves.

But when the coronavirus pandemic cratered the tourist industry and the economy, Mr. Gichina removed the seats from his minibus and started using it to hawk eggs and vegetables. With what he now earns, he said, he can barely afford to pay rent, buy food or send his 9-year-old son to school.

Continue reading via the New York Times.

Spirit-Led | A Word of Encouragement

June 25, 1:02pm

Dear Friends and Partners,

I first wrote you when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. In the months that followed, we’ve all faced many challenges, but also witnessed extraordinary kindness and generosity across our global network. I’ve been deeply encouraged by your amazing stories of adapting, pivoting, and innovating in the face of adversity.

Continue reading this message from our President & CEO Doug Seebeck below. 

Pivoting to Meet New Challenges

June 23, 2:53pm

For the past two years, 32-year-old agronomist Bonne has been mentored through local community institution RES in Haiti. However, his farm faced challenges when confronted with a dry season followed closely by the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he struggled to break even with his produce sales.

Like many entrepreneurs in this time, he saw the need to pivot his business model. RES offered him a loan, and he decided to buy charcoal in his community and sell it in Port au Prince, then buy wholesale groceries from Port au Prince to retail in his community. This has greatly increased his profit, enabling him to start a chicken farm and create two new jobs.

Bonne is working towards digging a well in order to sustain his vegetable farm through potential future dry seasons, and is working to offset the environmental impact of his involvement in the charcoal industry by taking part in reforestation campaigns and other initiatives in Haiti.

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Bonne with his wife and daughter

Continued Training in Haiti

June 15, 4:22pm

The training continues! In collaboration with the Haitian government and Living Water International, our staff in Haiti are facilitating training sessions in small groups for small business owners working to ensure their communities have access to clean water. This will not only provide people with the water urgently need for healthy hydration and handwashing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but an outlet for entrepreneurs to invest directly in their own communities in a time of crisis.

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New GigRoots Podcast: Centering the Voices of Entrepreneurs

June 12, 10:20am

Our US Regional Director has a podcast! Check out GigRoots | Grassroots Economics in America hosted by Ethan Daly to hear the stories of entrepreneurs from disinvested communities across the United States, and their journeys of moving from ‘marginalized to mainstream’.

GigRoots also features the ESOs, community stakeholders, and institutions that support grassroots economics. Each episode interviews individuals in which they discuss their issues, challenges, failures, opportunities and successes on the road to establishing a sustainable small business.

The entrepreneurs themselves span across many different cultures and backgrounds, with most operating among historically disadvantaged communities and marginalized contexts. What each has in common is their desire to provide steady income for their families. This is not about going from welfare to becoming a millionaire; this is about the slow and steady process of moving from working class to middle class amidst an ever-changing gig economy.

Subscribe here or wherever you find your podcasts.

Food Shortage Solutions in Haiti

June 9, 1:23pm

With thousands of people losing their jobs and a high likelihood of many bankrupted businesses as a result of COVID-19, Haiti is facing the potential of limited import and severe food shortages.

Looking forward to address this issue head on, local community institution AEPEG in Petit Goave is already formulating a solution. AEPEG plans to provide training, seeds, and seedlings to more than 5,000 farmers in their community, connecting them to resources and mentorship as they grow their crops.

The initial harvest will be ready for market in three to six months, and AEPEG will provide continued training so that the farmers can build sustainable businesses going forward -- increasing food access, creating jobs, and localizing commerce.

Please keep this project in your prayers as AEPEG continues to raise funds and pursue creative solutions in the middle of crisis!

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Virtuous Women: Grateful Giving

June 8, 4:07pm

In Nigeria, many members of our LCI Virtuous Women Credit and Loan Cooperative Society lost a significant part of their business as a direct result of COVID-19.

However, their loan portfolio has remained intact! So far, they have no bad loans on their books, although they have almost suspended lending activities.

To celebrate this amazing goodness of the Lord to them, officials of the LCI visited groups of widows that they support to deliver packages containing groceries, face masks, and some direct financial relief.

Praise God for the provision among chaos that allows Virtuous Women to continue to cultivate structures of support in their community!

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LiFrantz's Dream Birthed in the Midst of COVID-19

June 5, 1:42pm

Even while supporting his family through a career as a teacher, LiFrantz felt there was something more. When he attended a meeting with our local community institution BEL in Haiti, the vision to end poverty through business resonated with him deeply. He joined the LCI to explore if life as an entrepreneur was possible for him.

After six months of learning through training and mentorship, LiFrantz found himself in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of getting discouraged, he looked for ways that he could start a business that would meet a need in his community at an especially vulnerable time.

With just a small amount of funding, he launched a business for parents of infants, selling baby formula, diapers, wipes, and other necessities. He even delivers the products directly to customers on his motorcycle.

LiFrantz is thrilled to have stepped into this new chapter as a business owner, and is grateful for the ways our network has served him so that he can continue to serve his community.

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Cyclones and Tropical Storms

June 4, 11:15am

Even as countries approach relaxed lockdown restrictions and the re-opening of businesses, other severe obstacles continue to present themselves.

Please be in prayer for communities in El Salvador and India as they have been hit with major storms resulting in flooding, damages, homelessness, and in both cases a significant death toll.

Please pray for continued safety for members of our network and wisdom for community leaders as they move forward.

Business and Leadership Resiliency in Southeast Asia

June 3, 2:15pm

Our Southeast Asia regional leaders have been hosting a Business and Leadership Resiliency webinar series for entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the network.  

Webinar 1 took place on May 21 and addressed Christian Lens and Spiritual Wellbeing for Leadership During Crisis with guest presenter Mason Tan of Garden Impact Investment.  

Webinar 2 was entitled Marketing: Pivoting to Meet New Market Needs and Opportunities with Spencer Chan of SC Consultant Management and Lucien Ong of JJ-LAPP and occurred on May 28.  

Webinar 3 is scheduled for June 4 and will discuss Equipping Remote Teams: Pursuing Outputs, Freedom, and Trust with Ranco Kraaijenbrink 

Even as we know there is a long road ahead, we are encouraged by the way those in our network are able to connect, network, and continue professional development while navigating the unique circumstances of COVID-19.

Podcast Episode: Redemptive Entrepreneurship When "Winter" Is Over

June 3, 12:51pm

Inside this episode:

  • What is “Redemptive entrepreneurship,” and what does it mean to build trust?
  • How might Eugene Peterson’s words, “A long obedience in the same direction” apply to your mission/vision?
  • How can businesses be built with a long-term horizon?
  • How can leaders prototype in sprints for varying future scenarios?

Listen via National Christian Foundation.

Survival, Support, Sustainability: How Diaconia Nacional is Leading the Way in Honduras

May 28, 4:37pm

For 34 years, Diaconia Nacional de Honduras has been providing support to their community in the agricultural and environmental sectors, through community transformation and health initiatives, and through their microfinancing programs, which have helped to create almost 700 jobs in the past 15 years. They’ve seen businesses succeed, fail, start over, and everything in between, and have been committed to walking alongside them. 

But, as it has with business owners across the globe, COVID-19 has brought new challenges for their members.

Continue reading on the blog. 

A Home in the Midst of Crisis

May 28, 3:09pm

When her daughter died late last yearMary welcomed the children she left behind into her home. It wasn’t the first time Mary had lost a child, or the first time she had taken guardianship of her grandchildren -- all 12 had been orphaned, and all 12 lived with her in a two-room house.   

When COVID-19 hit Nairobi, Mary was faced with the hard reality of business closure and lack of income. Unable to pay rent, she lost her home.  

Mary’s story is not unique.  

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May 27, 3:00pm

The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating economic impact on people living in global poverty. We are in a moment that requires immediate, full-scale relief.

Such a statement may come as a surprise to those who know me.

 

Read more of this article from HOPE International President & CEO Peter Greer via Christianity Today.

A Word of Encouragement

May 27, 10:34am

Dear Friends and Partners,

I am truly amazed by your ingenuity and ability to problem-solve as we continue together in the fight against COVID-19. Daily I am encouraged as I read stories of innovation from our network.

In John 1, we are told the story of something being created out of nothing—light being created out of darkness—and that the darkness could not overcome it. This is truly the first entrepreneurial act of innovation!

Continue reading this week's word of encouragement from President & CEO Doug Seebeck below. 

Regional News | May 2020

May 21, 10:02am

The last few weeks and months have presented an unprecedented challenge for the global work of Partners Worldwide.

Despite this adversity, we've been encouraged by stories of hope and innovation amongst our network.

Read an update and stories from each region in which we work below.

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Ecuador's Business Leaders Navigate COVID-19

May 20, 1:02pm

Bodies lined the streets.

Funeral homes were overwhelmed and some closed altogether.

The medical system was inundated with cases and testing was severely limited.

An unofficial estimate suggested 30% of the population – almost a million people – were infected, and those with friends and family members who were fatally impacted had no place to bury their loved ones.

This was Guayaquil, Ecuador, mere weeks after COVID-19 hit the country.

Read more below on our blog.

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Keeping Food on the Table

May 19, 3:24pm

For many business owners, this time of crisis has required them to pivot in order to stay afloat -- and Merise is one of those business owners.

A member of our Local Community Institution RES in Haiti, Merise is known for his backpacks, purses, book covers, and other quality products. However, once COVID-19 hit Haiti, demand for these products dropped dramatically and he had to be creative in looking for ways to continue feeding his family.

When he and his wife looked at their community, they found that one of the biggest needs was access to food -- especially broiler chickens. They started a small chicken farm in their backyard and made successful sales, meeting high demand. As a result, they doubled the size of their farm, and are on track to quadruple those numbers by the end of the summer.

Not only is Merise able to provide for his family in new ways, but his farm has met a crucial need in his community in a time of crisis and has a sustainable model for creating more jobs in the future!

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For Haitians, Die of Hunger Today or Coronavirus Tomorrow?

May 19, 2:34pm

“We like to say that when the American economy suffers from the flu, Haiti suffers from pneumonia – the millions of jobs lost in the United States will cause worsening extreme poverty for sure,” Pharel said.

Read more of this article on Jamaica Observer.

Partnership and Compassion in Sri Lanka

May 18, 3:45pm

In Sri Lanka, members of our network raised funds to provide food for a community of people on the coast -- daily wage earners without any current source of income, single mothers, and women widowed in the war.

So far, food packages for 50 families have been distributed in an effort to provide tangible care and quick relief for people most impacted by poverty and its increase as a result of COVID-19.

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Partnership and Compassion in Haiti

May 15, 4:45pm

At the beginning of the year, our partners in Haiti formed an LCI Advisory Team, which is committed to developing a strong network of connection for our Local Community Institutions throughout Haiti.

One of initiatives of the LCI Advisory Team was to distribute 350 hygiene kits for COVID-19 prevention to the LCIs in order to help their members fight the spread of the COVID-19 in their own communities. One LCI, RES, chose to share their kit with a local association that cares for the elderly in order to protect the most vulnerable among them.

In this time of crisis it's encouraging to see the spirit of partnership and compassion extend even beyond our network.

LCI leaders providing a tutorial on using COVID-19 prevention kits.
LCI leaders providing a tutorial on using COVID-19 prevention kits.

Songs & Daughters of Encouragement

May 12, 6:02am

"I must confess, I felt weary this week. As we feel the pain of our friends and partners, entrepreneurs and small business owners, families and entire communities, we can become weary, discouraged, and depressed.

"It’s at a time like this that I am reminded to persevere."

Read this week's word of encouragement from Doug Seebeck, our President & CEO.

Our Network Needs You on #GivingTuesdayNow

May 5, 9:02am

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Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and an emergency response to the effects of COVID-19. And now, our network needs your support more than ever.

What your support will do:

  • $100 helps sustain a job for an individual so they can continue providing for their family during this time of great need.
  • $250 provides a business a much-needed lifeline in the form of a loan, sustaining it until things return to normal.
  • $652 is what it costs PW and our partners to create and sustain a brand new job—helping an individual and their family stay out of poverty in this time of great need.

Will you provide critical support to our network in order to save jobs, save businesses, and help vulnerable communities?

Millions Had Risen Out of Poverty. Coronavirus Is Pulling Them Back.

May 2, 3:02pm

Now more than ever, our mission to end poverty is vital in communities around the world.

"Most at risk are people working in the informal sector, which employs
two billion people who have no access to benefits like unemployment
assistance or health care.

One of them, Shahida Khatun, was laid off along with her husband in
March as Bangladesh went under lockdown. Jobs at a factory had been
their path out of poverty, but the loss of income has now thrust them
back in, said Ms. Khatun, 22.

“My only dream was to ensure a proper education for my son,” she said.

“That dream is now going to disappear.”

Continue reading this article via the New York Times.

Jojie's Hope in COVID-19

May 1, 12:45pm

"COVID-19 cannot stop us from honoring God with our theme: "Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done."

Read more of business owner and community leader Jojie Locsin's reflections on the blog.

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April Prayer Partners

April 30, 2:05pm

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Pray specifically for members of our network in South Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

Sons & Daughters of Encouragement | A Word of Encouragement

April 28, 2:26pm

As we continue the fight together against the global pandemic of COVID-19, I only become more amazed, grateful, and inspired by all of you!

Truly yours is a living faith in action. I am inspired daily as you follow the encouragement of Jesus when he so elegantly summed every commandment into seven simple words: “Love God; Love your Neighbor as yourself.”

Read the rest of this Word of Encouragement from Doug, our President & CEO.

Watch: United States Regional Update

April 27, 4:03pm

Watch as US Regional Director Ethan Daly shares three ways that Partners Worldwide is addressing the economic impact of COVID-19 across the United States.

Support Our COVID-19 Response

April 24, 2:09pm

Many people across our network—like in the Caribbean and South Asia—are now more vulnerable than ever as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we're in need of your critical support.

What your support will do:

  • $100 helps sustain a job for an individual so they can continue providing for their family during this time of great need.
  • $250 provides a business a much-needed lifeline, sustaining their business until things return to normal.
  • $652 is what it it costs PW and our partners to create a brand new job—helping an individual and their family stay out of poverty in this time of great need.

We are 20% of the way to our goal of $15,000 for our COVID-19 response efforts. 

Your support will provide urgent relief where it's needed most across our network to save jobs, save businesses, and help vulnerable communities.

Will you help us reach that goal?

April News | Partnership In a Time of COVID-19

April 22, 8:42am

Throughout our network, thousands of lives and businesses have been impacted as COVID-19 continues to run its course. Our global staff is working hard to support our network where it is needed most urgently as we continue to do the important work of fighting global poverty, especially in a time of economic distress.

Find out more in our April newsletter below.

Keeping Your Entrepreneurial Dream Alive During A Crisis

April 21, 11:21am

While many of the resources in this article are US-centric, it is full of helpful tips and reminders for all entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The world is currently facing a public health crisis and a financial crisis. These crises pose a variety of personal and professional challenges. For entrepreneurs, one challenge is how to keep their professional dreams alive.

There are a number of things that entrepreneurs can bear in mind during the present crisis.

Read more of this article on NC State News.

"Do Not Be Afraid" | A Word of Encouragement

April 16, 10:19am

"Greetings! Do not be afraid."

"Can you imagine how Mary Magdalene and the other Mary felt when they heard these words? They literally ran out from the empty tomb and into the arms of Jesus! Matthew 28 says they were afraid yet filled with joy after hearing from the angel that Christ has risen, just as he promised."

Read the rest of this word of encouragement from our President & CEO, Doug Seebeck.

A Network of Encouragement

April 16, 9:16am

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our network continues to step up and support each other during this critical time. Read, be encouraged, and be inspired by what is being done!

  • We and our network continue to offer Business Training through online platforms, helping entrepreneurs get through this challenging time
  • Online mentoring sessions are being offered to local business owners
  • We are helping small business owners launch online platforms to sell their products
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, our local partner NCB recently launched their e-learning platform to provide business training and discipleship to members of their network
  • REPP, an LCI in Haiti, is designing and manufacturing facemasks to provide safety amidst COVID-19
  • In India, our partner NICOG has distributed food to over 900 families in the slums of Kolkata and North Benegal as well as providing 150+ warm meals each day to the homeless
  • In El Salvador, our LCI CCE held a virtual seminar on “Business Adaptability in Times of Crisis”
  • In Sri Lanka, our partner NCEASL is serving vulnerable groups, providing food for 500 families per week

These photos depict just a fraction of our network's activity in helping support businesses and fight poverty during this pandemic. Thank you to every member of our network!

New Donation Incentives From the CARES Act

April 12, 2:24pm

Give wisely this year. Donors who itemize their deductions may continue to deduct charitable gifts like before, but they now get a special deduction for cash gifts made in 2020 to churches and public nonprofits. Donors can now deduct 100% of their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2020.

Learn more about the CARES Act incentives at the links below:

400 Million Indians May Fall Into Poverty

April 8, 11:29am

In India, a country that is part of our South Asia Region, almost 90 percent of people work in the informal economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in 400 million Indians being at risk of falling deeper into poverty during this crisis.

Read the full article on Business Insider.

Our Network Needs You Now

April 8, 9:14am

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Despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought, governments in developed nations are stepping up and financial safety nets are being stretched out and protecting populations.

But many people across our network—like in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia—don't have the same safety nets. Not even close. And they are more vulnerable than ever.

That's why we're asking for your support.

Will you help us provide relief across our network to save jobs, save businesses, and alleviate the economic impact in vulnerable communities?

Network Summit Postponed

April 6, 10:31am

Dear Partners Worldwide Network,

We're contacting you to share that the Partners Worldwide Network Summitwill now take place in the fall of 2021 instead of this October. At this moment—and for the upcoming months—supporting you and the rest of our network through the Coronavirus pandemic is our top priority.

In the meantime, we are exploring ways for our network to connect virtually this fall for a time of shared learning and inspiration.

Thank you for your understanding, and we are excited to gather together again soon.

A Word of Encouragement

March 27, 5:17pm

Dear Friends and Partners,

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! You might find this an odd thing to recite right now, but we are called to rejoice every day.

With headlines of fear coming at us, I take a moment to breathe and be still. I can, in this moment, place all my worries in the hands of my loving Father—God of compassion and perfect love. And we know that perfect love casts out all fear...

Read more of this word of encouragement from our President & CEO, Doug Seebeck.

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An Update Regarding Our Work

March 16, 12:00pm

Please know that Partners Worldwide holds the safety and health of ournetwork and volunteers of utmost importance. Given the latest escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, Partners Worldwide wants to convey some important news and information pertaining to your role and wellbeing partnering with PW.

Travel: We are recommending you cancel or postpone non-essential travel between now and June 30. This comes at the urging of the WHO, US government, local governments, other global organizations, and more. If you have a critical need to travel for PW, please contact your Engagement Manager or Regional Director for further assistance.

Partners Worldwide Offices: In response to the spread of the coronavirus in the US, Grand Rapids-based PW staff will work from home until April 6. We acknowledge some roles and responsibilities are essential to perform in the office, so we will have very limited staffing during this time. We ask for your patience and understanding as we adjust to this new working arrangement.

Prayer: As we pray individually and in small groups, let's also unite in worldwide prayer for those infected by the virus, the tremendous business and financial impact this is creating around the globe, and that our staff, partners, and families stay safe and healthy.

Words of Encouragement: We acknowledge the challenging obstacles the coronavirus and a more remote style of work present. Despite these obstacles, we encourage that—now more than ever—we continue to support each other as a network around the world.

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and spirit in supporting each other.