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Hong is from Indonesia. She needs a loan of $350 to purchase new sewing maching, yarn, fabric and needles.
Hong Lan is a mother of four children, she lives with her family in Surabaya. Hong owns and operates a sewing shop within her local community, to help provide for her family.
With a loan from World Vision, Hong will be able to purchase a new sewing machine, fabric, needles and yarn. Hong also will be able to expand her shop, aquiring new customers and increase her income. With the additional income, Hong will be able to provide for all of her family's daily needs and reinvest in her business.
In areas where the poor live alongside the more affluent, businesses in the service sector can be very successful. Services include flower cultivation, tailoring/sewing, transportation, repair work, beauty salons and barber shops, and restaurants. Loans are needed to begin, expand, or sustain business with tools and supplies. Loans given to entrepreneurs in the service sector account for around 7% of our loans.
World Vision began working with the people of Indonesia in 1957, when we hosted a pastors conference. In 1961, a childcare program opened to help orphans and refugee children. By 1967 the program grew to assist some 2,000 children. During the 1970s, World Vision donors sponsored more than 8,000 children, and community development work began in several areas. Today, U.S. sponsors alone support 20,000 children in six community development areas, including Surabaya.
Ministry of Education data shows that many children living in the slums of Surabaya are not attending school. Surveys also found that high numbers of infants die from preventable diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea. This community has schools and health clinics, but the most common factor preventing access is poverty. Families can’t afford school fees and materials, or the cost of clinic visits and medicines. To address these issues, World Vision and community members have determined that improved income opportunities and health and education projects are critical. Community instruction on the importance of child rights and education also were deemed vital to community success.
World Vision began working alongside families in the slums of Surabaya in 2000, and programs designed to provide lasting, holistic, community development are directly targeting approximately 2,045 sponsored children and their families.
Thank you for partnering with World Vision Micro to provide Hong Lan with a small loan for her services and tailoring/sewing business. Hong used her loan of $350 to purchase new sewing machine, yarn, fabric and needles. She continues to make weekly payments of $8 on time.
With the profits she has earned from her growing business, Hong is able to maintain or repair equipment, pay for transportation and purchase equipment.
Hong's 4 children continue to study in school and thanks to Hong’s hard work, she will be able to provide a brighter future for her 4 children.
Thank you for supporting Hong's small business through World Vision Micro!