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Economic Empowerment

The Gospel is the foundation of healthy economies.

Fish pond construction at the Gulu Institute for Trainsformation

And healthy economies help lay new foundations of the Gospel shared freely.

We strongly believe in self-sustained economic development that can take communities from poverty to productivity. To alleviate poverty, profitable businesses must be created and sustained. We take a self-reliant approach through our model of education, empowerment, and investment. By providing training, especially in agricultural skills, overall community health and income is greatly impacted. We help communities develop the gifts and talents that God has given by equipping them with resources and opportunities. Your donation will provide life-changing support.

Rural Economic Empowerment

The land of Uganda is beautiful and fertile with three growing seasons per year, yet the wars of the last decade destroyed much infrastructure bringing development to a halt. South Sudan is hotter and drier but has great mineral wealth and pockets of fertile land.Most importantly, the real wealth of the land is in her people, who are numerous, hard-working, and have much time available.

Favor’s development initiatives address agricultural and economic training that equips women and men of all ages to become successful while providing an ongoing stream of sustainability for ministry activities. We bring economic empowerment to the rural villages through women’s empowerment, parts of our portable Bible school curriculum, and village learning centers.

Local Economic Empowerment

Favor’s agricultural development initiatives include the cultivation of a fourteen acre farm on the Gulu Institute for Transformation work study property just outside the city of Gulu (location). At the HOH, sponsored children from our foster care program as well as those from our rehabilitation program are trained in valuable agricultural and farming skills as they learn to grow and sell cassava and beans and to raise and care for fruit orchards. The income generated from these sales is applied directly toward the operation of our primary school, work study and rehabilitation programs. Having completed the program, children are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to establish and operate profitable farming businesses of their own.

Economic development initiatives also take place inside the city of Gulu and the surrounding villages through our Women’s Empowerment program and through our Leadership Training Institute, which both jump-start participants in personal business ventures. Other business initiatives currently under development are a tailoring school, chapatti cooking and solar bakery businesses, poultry, pig, goat, beekeeping, orchard, fish ponds and aquaponics projects and also a wedding dress rental shop, which is near completion. Once enough dresses have been collected, the shop will be opened to rent beautiful western wedding gowns to Ugandans at affordable prices. Your donations of good and funds are making these visions possible.

You can support a whole women’s empowerment community revitalization with a one-time gift of $3,000, or support a variety of other income-generating projects with any amount. These funds pay for tools, animals, machines, seed, supplies, fencing, construction, and many other facets of generating wealth locally. These projects enable people’s work to translate to greater productivity that they use to educate the next generation and/or free family members to serve in missions without requiring as much overseas support.

Plan for Gulu Work Study Agricultural Projects Site

Income generation and hands-on vocational training

Started to provide a rehabilitation center for children neglected in prison, where they can learn life skills and the Word, the GIFT “work study” agricultural site is now also being built and worked by the hundreds of youth who have left lives of crime on the streets of Gulu and have joined the Favor family.

The projects and plots you see in this diagram are all under development now at this site. Every team member and youth in our care are pitching in in some way to make the dream a reality.

 

Community Revitalization Component Cost Breakdown

Favor has dozens of income-producing business projects at the idea stage and a few up and running. Our most mature visions are the Favour primary school, which is financially self-sustaining, and the two radio ministries, which are earning some of their operational expenses from local advertising. Many other business visions, from the bridal dress shop to the print shop for Biblical educational material have supplies and trained team members, but are awaiting the funding for construction on our land.

We have divided the details of these income-producing projects into two categories:

“You want God to do the impossible? Put your feet into the impossibility, and watch God divide the water… You watch God do the supernatural, but go step on it. Go step on it.”

— Carole Ward

Agriculture – (Part of children’s ministry) Farming on 14 acres, cassava, beans, sold for money. Income generating, funds applied toward the school (which will be on the property) and work study program. Will also support the youth rehab. Part of the workstudy and the youth rehab. James currently works it and the other join on school breaks. Farming, seeding trees, sustain and work, Must finish House D to start youth rehab.

Recent Economic Empowerment Reports

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Community Revitalization Components We Add to Portable Bible Schools

Favor trains and equips many communities with more efficient agricultural production practices through our women’s empowerment program, which gives more financial independence to groups of women in rural villages to empower their families. Secondly, our own in-house agricultural projects teach vocational skills to youth coming to Jesus off the streets while producing local income generation for ministry and laying the experiential groundwork for a new generation of needed entrepreneurs.

Favor’s primary school and radio stations are operated to generate income until they are revenue-neutral, earning enough income themselves to supply the costs of their ministries. The school is almost there, and the radio stations just got started on this path in 2018.

In addition, we have an immediate need internally for a printing press to publish our portable Bible school books and many others, and this business can earn great income from other organizations. We have dozens of ideas like these and can share them with you upon request.

A Word from Favor

“You want God to do the impossible? Put your feet into the impossibility, and watch God divide the water… You watch God do the supernatural, but go step on it. Go step on it.”

— Carole Ward

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