Wholistic Christian Community Development empowers community leaders and members to think outside of the box and come up with unique, community-driven solutions to challenges within a community. David Matinde, a pastor from the Mathare slum in Kenya, found success in a novel business endeavor. In 2016, not long after the initial training provided by World Poverty Solutions, 12 ladies from the area came together and began sewing reusable sanitary towels – a concept they developed in-house based on community needs. The towels last up to 18 months and have the potential to save local women $22 a year compared to disposables. In an area where most people make $1 a day or less, $22 per year is nearly a month’s salary which can now be used to provide more nourishing food for their families, pay for school fees or help start a business. The product idea has become so popular with women from Mathare’s slum that the seamstresses have been busy filling orders for more than 6000 towels.
By providing practical training instead of food, our partner communities are empowered to find ways to solve the underlying spiritual, economic, and health issues that cause chronic poverty in their communities. Instead of handouts, we are giving a “hand-up” and revealing the God-given dignity of every man, woman and child. We believe that every person has potential and God-given assets that can be unleashed to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. Through your partnership, World Poverty Solutions works to develop the skills, share wisdom, and disciple them toward fullness in Christ. Pray with us that we would be able to communicate the whole Gospel faithfully, and that God, through it all, will bring life-changing transformation into Nairobi’s impoverished slums.