Microenterprise


BOOKS


CHRISTIAN MICRO-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT: AN INTRODUCTION
The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this book is for you.


ARTICLES


CHRISTIAN MICROFINANCE STAYS ON A MISSION by Rob Moll (Christianity Today)
While scandals rock the microfinance industry, Christian nonprofits diversify their efforts to help the poor.

DEPENDENCY: IS MICRO-CREDIT AN ANSWER? by Joseph E. Richter
It was during our second year of Peace Corps service that God used the overwhelming hopelessness of poverty to convict us of our own lack of love for the poor! Culture shock, sickness, government corruption and nauseating poverty brought us to real repentance and a new life in Jesus Christ. These experiences ingrained in us a love for the poor and a desire to help those in poverty find a dignified way out of it.


WORKING PAPERS


CHALMERS CENTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKING PAPERS

  • “Youth IDA Program Proposal for the Bethlehem Community Center in Chattanooga, TN” by Christy Norwood
  • “Microfinance in Nicaragua: A Study of Financial Services for the Poor” by Lisa Hsueh
  • “A Missionary’s Journal: Bringing the Idea for a Ministry to a Church” by Jeri Gunderson
  • “A Leap of Faith for Church-Centered Microfinance” by David Larson
  • “Christian Microfinance: Which Way Now?” by Dr. Brian Fikkert
  • “Case Study of the Kumi Diocese of the Anglican Church of Uganda” by Dr. Brian Fikkert
  • “Case Study of the Self-Help Affinity Group Model of the Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese of Anglican Church of Uganda” by Dr. Brian Fikkert
  • “Biblical Principles for Economic Life: An address prepared for the Chapel Assembly at Covenant College” by Dr. Brian Fikkert

ORGANIZATIONS


CHALMERS CENTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPEMENT
The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College assists the church worldwide in declaring the Kingdom of God by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation in the context of low-income communities. Through research and education, the Center trains college students, missionaries, churches and Christian ministries to implement holistic, church-centered strategies that truly empower low-income people to support themselves via their own work.

HOPE INTERNATIONAL
HOPE International is a global Christian ministry serving the poor in developing countries, providing Hope for Today and Hope for Tomorrow through sustainable microenterprise development and parallel Children’s Ministries.

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