This page highlights pictures from projects supported by Acts of Grace within the most recent five years.
Photos are listed in alphabetical order by charity name. Click on the charity's name to be redirected to its website. Click on the Grant Description link to learn more about each grant. These pictures are used with the express permission of the organization that provided them and are not to be reproduced for any other purpose.
AfricaWorks Zimbabwe facilitates local micro-financing and business training for micro-entrepreneurs. In addition to the traditional model of pooling savings and loaning it out to each other, AfricaWorks Zimbabwe (AWZ) Savings Groups complete a 12-week Christ-centered Partners Worldwide (PW) business training program. Pictured here: One Savings Group, called "Success Savings Group", with some members displaying their Savings and Credit Management Certificates. Success Savings Group received training with the support of Acts of Grace.
Every member is expected to save $5/week and borrow at 10%/month to guarantee fund growth. Success Savings Group members have similar businesses (60% run a grocery shop, 40% are involved in poultry). This facilitates idea sharing to strengthen and grow their businesses. After a review of their business plans, members may receive top-up capital loans to help them expand their business, often creating employment for others. Success Savings Group collectively looks after 81 beneficiaries, 8 orphans and has created 14 jobs. Pictured here: Susan is a widow that supports her 4 children with revenue from her grocery shop and poultry businesses.
Some savings group members also expand their roles to leadership positions that support other entrepreneurs. Pictured here: Washington, a former teacher, is the Secretary of Success Savings Group and owns a preschool. Washington completed the PW Train-the-Trainer workshop, which equipped him with adult learning techniques. Through a mentoring process with one of the certified PW Curriculum Coaches in Zimbabwe, Washington will become a community-based trainer for the PW business training curriculum.
In addition to enhanced infrastructure to support the long-term functioning of a least-reached people group Bible School, this grant funds the purchase of equipment and materials as well as year of instruction in vocational training for students. This school facilitates the theological training of these people to reach their own people with the Gospel. It is essential that graduates possess these agriculture and tailoring skills in order to be economically self-sufficient in a church planting context.
Pictured here: Students learn conservation agriculture skills in the new demonstration garden on the school campus. Children of the students are also encouraged to participate and learn.
This new equipment, training materials and vocational skills development will support the continued witness of Christ’s love among these people. With income generating skills that provide increased economic security, disciples of Jesus will continue to express God’s love in their own communities and build Christ-centred churches among all peoples.
Pictured here: A student learns tailoring skills on one of the newly purchased sewing machines. She says, "I learned a lot in learning to sew. I dreamed of doing it for a long time for my family and the church. I never had the opportunity. But thank God here at the Bible School we have the opportunity to learn. Sewing will help me support my husband in his ministry, and I will also use this to be in contact with other women. I started to understand that I can manage to create something to help my husband in the support of the family and the ministry of the gospel. I have started to make some clothes to sell to help my husband."