Fighting Poverty ... in Sudan

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					Fighting Poverty ... in Sudan
                                                                       Amat Wuot Community Bank
Pharmacy Offers Cure
to Needs of Family, Community
U      ntil recently, it was very difficult to find medicines
       to purchase in the southern Sudan village of
Lietnhom. So, Phillip decided to not only provide a
service to his community but also found a way to make                                                                                AmAt Wuot Community BAnk
a living for his family.                                                                                                             Number of members:                  456

He has taken two loans, one of $75 and the second                                                                                    Loans outstanding:                  115
for $150, in order to buy the medicines to sell. He has
                                                                                                                                     Total Outstanding
also recently expanded his inventory and now sells
                                                                                                                                          Portfolio:                 $11,041
sorghum to offer a staple food item for purchase in
the village. And, thanks to business growth, he now                                                          Phillip                 Impact of Single Loan:
has three employees. “I know they are good people                                                                                                                    9 people
and I trust them,” he said. “They are my friends, but I see them as my brothers.”
Phillip hopes to one day have a large concrete building for his business, rather than a tukal (which is a traditional                w Population: 38.5 million.
mud and grass hut), increase his sorghum sales and to buy a car. “I didn’t think any of this was possible, but then I
                                                                                                                                     w Rural population without
got a loan and it gave me hope,” he said.
                                                                                                                                     access to improved water
                                                                                                                                     source: 36%
W here We Work

                                                                                                                                     w Rural population
                                                                      fter decades of civil war, Five Talents started working
                                                                                                                                     without access to proper
                                                                      with a consortium of partners in 2007 in the village
                                                                                                                                     sanitation facilities: 76%
                                                                of Lietnhom in South Sudan by introducing literacy,
                                                                financial literacy, business planning, savings and credit
                                                                                                                                     w Children age 5 and under
                                                                training and small business development training. In May
                                                                                                                                     who are under weight for
                                                                2009, the Lietnhom Community Bank was dedicated and
                                                                                                                                     their age: 41%
                                                                renamed the Amat Wuot Community Bank, which means
                                                                “a union of communities” in the local Dinka language.                w Physicians per 10,000
                                                                                                                                     people: 3.0
                                                                The program has been expanded within the Diocese of
                                 Lietnhom market                Wau to form savings groups in the neighboring village of
                                                                Luanyeker and the town of Wau.

The consortium of Christian organizations Five Talents is working with include World Concern, Integra Foundation
and the Episcopal Church of Sudan. In South Sudan, Five Talents is providing its experience and knowledge in
working with church leaders, ability to increase capacity within these types of projects and experience with business-
skills curriculum relevant to beginning entrepreneurs.

F ive TalenTs needs Your help                                                                                                                 Luanyeker   Lietnhom

I  n 2009, Five Talents is raising $60,000 for its program in Sudan. This is one of the first projects of this type in
   southern Sudan and includes adult education, local savings mobilization, business development training and rural
microcredit provision. Please prayerfully consider a gift today.

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