Savings Groups, Business Development
Helping Families Escape Loan Sharks & Bonded Labor
Hands of Freedom organizes self-managed, voluntary savings groups of up to 20 members. Members contribute a small amount of savings to a group fund, deposited at a local bank, which may be used by members for small loans.
Members are also provided with various vocational training opportunities, particularly home-based manufacturing training (e.g. handbags, cleaners, baked goods). They are also provided monthly markets and local distribution channels via churches and retailers (e.g. baked good booths at church, linking manufacturers to local retailers, linking caterers to churches).