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Monthly Newsletter: June 2019

Summer has begun, and for farmers this is prime growing season. 

This update puts the spotlight on the need for various types of investment needed by micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises.  For people living in extreme poverty, most are running their own small business or farm.  Their businesses need to grow so that their owners can make more money, escape extreme poverty, and provide well for their families.

Read our special article from VisionFund about their exciting work with Small and Growing Businesses.

Check out our new resources.

Enjoy and be inspired.  We are helping to change the world – for the better!

Christopher Shore


Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day


June 27 is globally recognized as Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day.  Click here for more information. This year, the special focus is on raising awareness of the need for greater investment into small and mid-sized businesses in developing countries. World Vision is making great strides in this area!

In the United States, 27 million small businesses employ about 50% of the workforce, and generate about 50% of our gross domestic product (GDP). In the poorest countries, micro-, small, and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) are even more important. They dominate the business landscape, making up 90% of all firms in rural and urban areas, and providing the vast majority of formal and informal employment. 

Unlike in the United States, in the poorest countries there are very few “formal” jobs available. If you want a job, you need to make your own. So you start your own business or run your own farm. However, small businesses are two things – they are small and they are businesses. In the places World Vision works most of these businesses are under-capitalized, and struggle to grow because of a lack of investment capital.

World Vision has two main responses to this challenge:

  1. Savings for Transformation Groups – where people learn to save money together, and where they lend each other their savings; and
  2. Microfinance Services – run by VisionFund International, we provide credit, savings, and insurance to people running their own small business or farm.

Tomato growerWorld Vision has more than 1.25 million people involved in 53,000 Savings for Transformation Groups in 36 countries.  These people have World Vision’s sole investment into these groups is the initial training and mentoring of the group.  All of the $27.5 million in savings is their own money.  Click here to download and read our new flier called “From Surviving to Thriving”. 

VisionFund International serves nearly 1.1 million clients in 29 countries.  With a loan portfolio in 2018 of $727 million, an average loan size of $495, nearly 98% repayment rate, and with 70% women clients, VisionFund is increasingly pivoting to serve rural and agricultural communities.  Since its formation 15 years ago, VisionFund has made over 14.4 million loans and lent $8.2 billion.  Click here to download and read our new flier about microfinance, and click here to link to the VisionFund International Annual Report.

With only a very small portion of people in both Savings for Transformation Groups and getting loans from VisionFund, that means that approximately 2.3 million people are getting access to financial services through World Vision’s efforts.  Every 14 seconds someone is getting access to the resources that can transform their business.  Now THAT is a number worth celebrating. 

Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs): Driving economies through the missing middle

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For Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Day 2019, Chris Rowlands, VisionFund International’s Director of Small and Growing Business (SGB) shares how the right financial support and business coaching helps unlock growth opportunities for entrepreneurs and creates critically important jobs for low-income women, men and youth.

A World Bank study estimates that there are between 365-445 million MSMEs in emerging markets. MSMEs are considered to be vital engines of growth in these countries, responsible for employing 60-70% of the labour market and contributing 50% of GDP. Thus, MSME Day was established in June 2017 to recognize the role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in reducing poverty and contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Click here to keep reading.

World Vision in the News

World Vision's best-in-class supply chain is featured in the June edition of Business Chief Magazine.  Find the article here and then slide it over to page 102.

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Vision Trips (please contact your World Vision representative about participating):
    • Rwanda (August 4-8, 2019) On this trip you will see the great work in Rwanda with Vinh & Leisle Chung.
    • Malawi (November 11-15, 2019 DATES TENTATIVE) Join Christopher Shore in Malawi to see the great work happening there to improve livelihoods.
    • Zambia (November 18-22, 2019 DATES TENTATIVE) Join Christopher Shore in Zambia to see the great work happening there to improve livelihoods.
  • Chris Shore Regional Tour (September 2019) - Atlanta
  • Chris Shore Regional Tour (September 2019) - Oregon
  • SEEP Annual Conference (October 21-23, 2019) - Virginia



  • For a large gift to THRIVE Honduras received recently.
  • For a bill introduced in the US House – United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act - to address the root causes of migration from Central America.  This bill includes funds for economic empowerment, resilience, and child protection.


  • For the Middle Donor Campaign focused on the Women’s Empowerment Fund. It starts TODAY!
  • For the development of a number of new and exciting Economic Empowerment Products.
  • For the health of stalwart Economic Empowerment friend and major donor rep, Cory Trenda.
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