Community Transformation: Economic Development

Productive land that yields plentiful, nutritious crops and small businesses are the building blocks of Africa’s restoration.

One of the major contributions Circle of Hope is making to the community surrounding the Grace Center and to the expanded areas where our irrigated farms are located is the opportunity for employment and growth.

We are now producing almost all the food needed to feed our own children (over 1000 people are fed a day at the Grace Center). The income from our mill, Hands of Grace Textiles and the farms in addition to our sponsorship donations make it possible to continue our work, We are employing more than 120 people! Employed people also boost the economy of their local community by shopping in the local markets and grocery stores.

In 2017, our economic development and impact continued to grow. One of our goals from the very beginning of our work in Malawi was to IMPOWER our employees to invest in their own communities. We are pleased that with our teaching and training of employees in farming and business practices has made it possible for their own incomes to grow and their generosity right along with it! A few stories of our employees successes follow:        

  Mr. Jonamu, pictured here with his wife, Margaret. Mr. Jonamu serves as a lay leader in the Grace Alliance Church; Margaret is a cook for the Primary School.

 Mr. Jonamu, pictured here with his wife, Margaret. Mr. Jonamu serves as a lay leader in the Grace Alliance Church; Margaret is a cook for the Primary School.

This year I have food for my family and some to help people who are suffering in my community.
— Mr. Jonamu
  Isaac Banda , pictured here with his wife and daughter. Isaac teaches chapel and computers at Grace Primary School and serves as the school/church liaison.

Isaac Banda, pictured here with his wife and daughter. Isaac teaches chapel and computers at Grace Primary School and serves as the school/church liaison.

By following the agricultural techniques I’ve learned from Pastor Phiri at the Grace Center, I more than doubled my crop yields this year!
— Issac Banda

This is made possible because of the invests YOU make in Circle of Hope! We love seeing God's people serve each other and build each other up...even from across the world! Thank you! 

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Posted on January 22, 2018 .