POL Zambia

Family Care partner: Power of Love, Lusaka Zambia

Power of Love Micro Finance Program

The AIDS epidemic has destroyed the fabric of the African community, with many households headed by grandmothers caring for 5 or more orphans.

Through micro finance, poor women, oftentimes grandmothers, get loans to start a business to generate income and over time as the business grows, they repay their loans. All of our loan recipients are women and have at least one child who is HIV positive. Second, most of the loan recipients have children who are HIV positive and are enrolled in Power of Love’s ARC (Arms Reach Care) program. The ARC program provides the children with food, medicines, weekly health check-ups from the Community Health worker/Nurse, psycho-social counseling, and other life saving services.

POL provides women caregivers with micro-loans and training to engage in income-generating activities. As a result of the businesses started with loan money, the diet of families has improved significantly with many women reporting that they can now afford 2-3 meals a day as opposed to a single meal before they started the business. Read more