Paran Christian Church

Paran Christian Church in Durban reaches out to refugees, mainly from the Great Lakes Region. At the request of Pastor Eugene Muganga, Senior Pastor, E3 provided training in HIV and AIDS prevention and management and microfinance, in order to give refugees a means to provide for their families without engaging in risky behaviour.

When refugees arrive in South Africa, life is extremely tough. Finding work so they can provide for their families is almost impossible because lending institutions do not cater for refugees because of documentation issues and for the same reason employers won’t recruit them. Microfinance training and being part of a group enables them to save and access loans so they can set up small businesses and earn a living. E3 is working with Paran on expanding its community ministry by:

  • Running microfinance groups for needy refugee families in Durban and Cape Town – 95 families so far have been empowered to set up small businesses.
  • Launching a “Youth Financial Literacy Programme” to teach young people about saving and sensible spending.
  • Supporting 100 refugee children through the Back to School programme.
  • Running a crèche to provide affordable day care so parents can work to provide for their families and to generate a sustainable income to help support Paran’s ministry into the future.
  • Budget: £5,400

“I am so grateful to E3 for giving me back my life. I lost all my money and E3 funded me to start my business afresh.” Hidaya, a refugee from Rwanda, is part of Paran’s microfinance programme. She has on several occasions been a victim of xenophobic attacks, which harmed her small business.