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Monthly Newsletter: February 2020


World Vision is delighted to send you our Executive Briefing for Economic Empowerment. You are an integral part of our work to end extreme poverty by 2030, so we want to keep you updated on our progress!

In this issue, you will find:

  • Highlights for the upcoming International Women's Day on March 8, 2020.
  • Stories of how empowering women is changing the world.
  • Vision Trips & Events available to you
  • Prayer Requests

If you are new to our work, please take a moment to learn about our THRIVE model and how it's impacting lives for good!



Empowering Women to THRIVE

Ireen Intro

In Malawi, farmer Ireen Madzumbi was struggling. She and her husband were in debt, and couldn’t earn enough money to feed their family. But when World Vision’s THRIVE program came to her community three years ago, she jumped at the opportunity. And today, she and her family have gone from merely surviving to thriving. 

Although women make up almost half of the agricultural workforce across Africa — and perform 80% of the labor on smallholder farms — millions of them don’t have access to financial services, training, and other opportunities that could help them escape poverty.

These inequalities don’t just hurt women — they cripple entire nations, holding back about half the population from participating in a society’s economic growth. It’s estimated that if women in these communities could afford productive resources like business training, seeds, and fertilizer, up to 150 million fewer people would go hungry every day.

Read more…

Read About How Empowering Women Is Changing the World

I Feel Like a Champion by Kristy O'Hara-Glaspie

I Feel Like a ChampionGertrude Jimu had had enough. She packed her bag, determined to leave her husband’s home and return to her parents’ house. Read more ...



That Moment When You Realize Your Child's Life Will Be Better Than Yours by a World Vision Staff Member

BilkisMeet Bilkis, a 38-year-old mom in Bangladesh and her teenage daughter Sadia. Those smiles were rare three years ago when they were both working in a shrimp factory just trying to survive. Before World Vision started working in their community, they had no hope.  But today, they can see a brighter future. Read more ...

From Tenant to Owner by Paul Nkhata, WV Malawi

EsterEster remembers how frightened she was, especially after she was divorced and took over the responsibility of raising her four boys on her own. Ester hails from Timbiri village in the Chikwina-Mpamba Area Program, some 240 miles north of Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe. As a divorced woman, she struggled to find shelter, food and other basic necessities for her children including paying school fees and other school supplies. Read more ...

The Driving Force of Knowledge  by Nadia Castro, WV Honduras

The Driving Force of KnowledgeEarly morning, with a soft breeze blowing up the hillside, we catch Secundina Aquino working the soil with a hoe on the plot of land that she is currently cultivating with her savings group. Secundina and her savings group are learning new agricultural techniques to farm tomatoes and green bell peppers. Read more...

A Wealth of Knowledge by Maria Kaitesi, WV Rwanda

A Wealth of Knowledge photoVirginia, 37, is a jovial woman and full of stamina while she goes about her work. Her face is lit with joy as she fervently shares the story of her transformation. She is a farmer. Virginia owns gardens where she grows bananas, corn, yams, pineapples, and sweet potatoes among other crops. She also owns a piggery and other livestock.  Read more...

An Advocate for Women

Gina BuserGina Wright Buser was often called “bossy” as a child. While it might not have been a compliment at the time, Gina now realizes that people were simply recognizing her God-given talent for leadership....Read more ...



How can you get involved?

World Vision believes that ending extreme poverty is possible, but it won’t happen as long as half the population is held back from reaching their full potential. Strong and empowered women and girls create a stronger world. Learn more about our Economic Empowerment work here and our Women and Girls work here.

Fullness of Life: Global Women's Economic Empowerment Summit August 1-8, 2020

Global Womens Summit

Women in the developing world encounter cultural, social and economic barriers that prevent them from having ‘fullness of life.’ You’ll be joining other women from around the world to get an in-depth perspective to the challenges and opportunities that will unleash women’s economic potential.

Event Schedule
August 1: Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia
August 2: Welcome dinner
August 3: Global, national and local overview
August 4: VisionFund and World Vision field visit
August 5: VisionFund and World Vision field visit
August 6: Arrive in Victoria Falls, Livingstone
August 7: Optional activities (additional cost)
August 8: Depart from Livingstone, Zambia

Cost is $4,299* – covers lodging beginning August 1; welcome dinner; lodging, meals, and transport. Contact Kathryn Compton if you are interested in attending.

*Excludes airfare to and from Zambia, alcohol, recreational activities and personal gratuities.

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Vision Trips (please contact your World Vision representative about participating):
    • Tanzania (July 6-12, 2020) Join us as we celebrate all the progress we have had in Tanzania through our THRIVE work!
    • Honduras (July 27-31, 2020) Join us on this multi-generational trip for all ages as we look at the amazing THRIVE work in Honduras!
    • Malawi (August 10-15, 2020) Join us as we see the fantastic partnership happening between World Vision, VisionFund and Farm Concern within our THRIVE work in Malawi!
  • Every Last One Conference (March 6-7, 2020) - Dallas, TX REGISTER HERE
  • Fullness of Life: Global Women's Economic Empowerment Summit (August 1-8, 2020) - Lusaka, Zambia

Praises & Prayer Requests


  • Praise for all of the Economic Empowerment events that have been happening all over the country!  Thanks to God for bringing existing and new donors to learn about our work and partner with us!
  • Praise for our donor partners who champion our work with women and girls all across the globe! 
  • Praise that our own Christopher Shore will be returning to World Vision in March after completion of his treatment plan!  


How to Pray for Women and Girls - use this guide in March as we pray for women and girls all over the world. 

  • Pray for the Every Last One Conference and for all those attending to go deeper with World Vision. 
  • Pray for all International Women's Day efforts - that the work of empowering and equipping women and girls will have a tidal wave effect in their homes, communities, and regions.
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