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  • Right Sharing of World ResourcesChanging Lives, Empowering Families,Living out Jesus Ministry in the World

  • This Little Light of MineThis little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine.This little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine.This little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine.Let it shine, let it shine, all the time.

    Mi Pequina Luz(Spanish) Mi pequina luz, la dejar brillar.Mi pequina luz, la dejar brillar.Mi pequina luz, la dejar brillar.Brillar, brillar, brillar.

  • Mungu yu Mwema(Swahili)

    Mungu yu Mwema, Mungu yu MwemaMungu yu Mwema, Mungu yu MwemaMungu yu Mwema, Mungu yu MwemaYu mwema, Yu mwemaWangu

  • Right Sharing of World Resources

    Project Partner Success Stories

  • Over $250,000 in loans every yearOver 1,000 women a yearThousands of children affected

  • A Little Does A Lot

    $1one female chicken for egg production$5 Australian worms for a compost business$7 starts a roof thatching enterprise$20establishes a vegetable or fruit vending business $50one goat to start a dairy selling milk and cheese$175one milk cow in India$260helps 4 women start a rope making business$400one milk cow in Africa

  • Lives Are Being ChangedFamily income increased by 60% or moreStarvation and malnutrition stoppedChildren able to go to schoolWomen growing in self-confidence, independence, and respect in their families and communitiesSpouse abuse arrestedNeighbors sharing with the poor of their communities

  • You people dont know what you have been doing! You have affected the lives of several thousand people--for the better!John Muhanji, FUM and Africa Quaker Vision

  • Thank you dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

  • With your help they can have a brighter future! Please show them that you care!

    Because of people like you who contribute to Right Sharing, we are able to make over one-quarter million dollars worth of loans to women in the developing world every year. That helps over 1,000 women a year and many more children. We thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you even more in the future.

    **(Sing these songs with the group.)

    The truth of the matter is that there are many people in the world who never get a chance to let their light shine in the world, they never have a chance to be all that God created them to be, because of the extreme poverty of their life situations. *Translation: God is good, God is good.God is good, God is good.God is good, God is good.God is good to me.

    Sometimes, because of their life circumstances, is it very hard for people to believe that this song can really be true. But thanks to the efforts of more advantaged persons in the developed world, many women in the developing world are finding new reasons to hope and to believe in the goodness of their Creator.

    *Right Sharing of World Resources is a Quaker micro-enterprise organization that gives grants to enable the poorest of the poor--primarily women in the developing world countries of India and Kenyato get loans to start their own businesses and improve the lives of their families. Many of the women are widows, not entitled by law to inherit what their spouses formerly owned, if anything. Some were widowed by the Tsunami in December 2004. Some are Dalit women (formerly outcasts) whose human and civil rights are still negligible. *The loans are channeled through self-help groups that give the women support, training, and accountability as they begin their business ventures. These self-help groups also help with personal and family issues that the women are dealing with. *The women come from small, poor villages, such as this isolated squatters village, where there are no jobs available locally or where they are not allowed or encouraged to compete with men for the few available. *Living conditions are unhealthythe fortunate live in homes of mud bricks such as the one on the right; others live in homes made of tree branch poles stuck in the ground and covered with thatch. *There is no plumbing, no sewers, no electricity. *Roofs leak when it rains, as it does liberally for several months of the year. *In Africa many of the women have been widowed by AIDS and may have AIDS themselves. *Despite the extreme difficulties of their life situation, Right Sharing continually receives wonderful success stories of how the lives of these women and their families are being changed by the opportunity to receive business training and small business loans made possible by contributions to Right sharing. *One of the first projects often started is a kitchen garden. Utilizing formerly bare ground behind their homes, the women grow food crops for their families and sell the excess to make money for other family necessities. All agriculture projects funded by Right sharing are required to be organic and earth friendly. *In Africa, the women work together to cultivate large community gardens for the same purpose. *The result is wonderfully healthy produce that improves the nutrition of the families and of the neighbors who buy the excess. *The women also cultivate grain crops such as sorghum and maize. *Locally produced, organic fertilizers and pesticides such as compost and an interesting concoction of cow urine, yogurt, and neem leaves (an Indian tree) to produce such wonderful crops as these.*The grain is sold in the local market. All businesses funded by Right Sharing are required to produce things for local consumption, not for the tourist trade or overseas markets.*One successful business in India is the marketing of flowers, used extensively in celebrations and in worship ceremonies. *In India, the women grow Azola, a plant which adds nutrients to compost so it will help produce an excellent crop.*Leaves, weeds, plant clippings and food scraps are put into pits such as this with special worms shipped from Australia. The worms help turn the leaves into a rich fertilizer.

    *When the compost is ready, it is sold in the market. This woman is selling her compost and also a huge pile of red onions that she grew in her own garden with the help of the compost. *Other businesses include this snack or food shop,*broom making industries,*basket weaving,*and animal raising, such as chickens for both egg and meat production, *goat raising which produces kids that can be sold for meat production,*and cows for the production of milk and other dairy products. A cow in India or Africa can cost as much as a laborers entire annual income, or more, so a loan large enough to buy a cow is a very significant sum. *The milk is sold in the community or at the local market. *The woman who received the loan to open a used shoe business had never before seen such a large sum of money in her life. It felt so huge that she was afraid to spend it until her support group members encouraged her to go ahead with it. When she first started her business it was slow, but today she has a thriving business that sells many pairs of shoes every year. *This market shop, owned by the women themselves, sells the produce raised by the womens hard work. *In Guatemala, Friends have started the Shalom Project which is teaching women to sew so that they can make clothing for their families and to be sold in the local market. *The families of the Shalom Project were riverside squatters made homeless and possession-less by the flooding caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Most still live in hoomes constructed of tree branches inserted vertically in the ground and covered with thatch. Floors are dirt, there are no windows or doors, there is no plumbing or electricity and often the only water is that caught in rain barrels. Quaker meetings bought the land for the homes to be built on and made arrangements for the government to build a school there. They also provide the weekly womens classes in reading, math, Bible, and handicrafts and also provide a Sunday School for the many children of the village. *Right Sharing is seeing wonderful results from the micro-enterprise loans being made each year. *In the developing world a little money can go a long way. Here are some examples.*Women such as this one widowed by the Tsunami are being given the opportunity for a fresh start. *Widows like Beatrice are not only improving their own lives but they are able to employ other persons from their villages and they give generously to assist the poor around them. *Dalit women who had little hope of any kind of comfort or respect in life are finding both. *As the women become income-producers, their lives improvetheir self-respect and self-confidence grows, they receive new levels of respect from their families and their communities. *They are enabled to become full participants in their world, freed from the worst of the burdens of poverty that have plagued them all their lives. *Many tangible results are being experienced as a result of the work of Right sharing and the many Quakers who support it. *Nothing could say it better than the words of John Muhanji, Africa Ministries Representative, who visited the US this past year to attend ESR and speak to Quaker meetings around the country. When he first began speaking, our ears perked up and we asked ourselves, Oh no, what have we done wrong now? But when he continued, we were delighted with what he had to say. *But perhaps, actually, best of all are the words of Beatrice and other loan recipients in Kenya. *