E3’s dream is for our partner projects to become self-sustaining.
This means that through income generating activities and local support they begin to self-fund parts of their work and ultimately are able to continue without us. It means they are no longer dependent on outside help, giving dignity to all involved and setting an example to show that a hand up rather than a hand out of poverty can change things forever and help a community stand on its own two feet. It also means the projects are protected from changes in funding in the future.
We’re excited that the Pastors’ Economic Empowerment Project in Zambia has achieved that very thing! It no longer needs financial support from E3. Pastors receive training and loans to set up small businesses to help support their families while they serve sacrificially in their local churches. As they pay back those loans, other pastors are able to join the project and they too will move out of income poverty.