The impact is beyond just our beneficiaries. For instance when a woman in SKIMFI has her own business she then hires people from the local community, rents out space from someone, and trades with other businesses. And with her profits she may tithe to her church or spend on her children’s schools. Another thing they do is send money to the rural areas of the country to help their friends and family. And then those areas enjoy more economic activity. The spillover effects mean a lot to us.
With SKIPGO, when we provide scholarships we also take an active interest in how the scholars are doing outside of school. Our manager in New York has an education background and she’s been able to advise parents on engaging with their children and providing different types of learning enrichment. And we see kids who aren’t part of our program reaching out as well.
And with SKILLS, encouraging local art and culture brings life to communities that don’t see much interest in their works. Our artists are very proud to demonstrate their ancestral skills and history.