After supporting high schools and colleges for 18 years, you may wonder if all of our students get jobs. Please keep in mind that if a student can't afford college, they are not likely to have a job. We work in an areas of the country where jobs are so scarce. We estimate that only one in one hundred have a job.
In 2015, ZSF took on the challenge. We decided to give out micro loans. We decided that we would not give cash, we would give the equipment entrepreneurial minds needed. Any one interested in making a job for themselves came into our office in Zambia and filled out an application form.
After visiting with these recipients one year later, we are happy to report that one in four had created a job that was sustaining their families. However we faced many challenges one was transport. We hoped these recipients could come to a meeting every month and report on how their job was going. But many picked up the items they needed and headed back into the village. Town was a two day walk for them. If they did come to town it was just to sell their wares and go back to their village to make more. Also because they were making so little it was barely enough to support themselves and their families.
This year we hope to help many more but we are not calling them micro loans, we are calling this new phase in our progress, Micro Funds. We do not The new micro fund program is on going each year we need your ideas of jobs people could create for themselves and we need your financial support.
150 buys a treadle sewing machine
50 dollars buys a two burner stove and pots and pans
50 dollars buys a tortilla press, bee hives, blender
100 dollars buys a used freezer (for smoothies)
You get the idea . . . send us your ideas!