Way way back in October (which feels like yesterday and 14 years ago at the same time…) 5 families joined me to support the work of World Vision. It was so much fun to be back at the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm doing pictures of the sweetest families. We did LOTS of running, lots of silly faces, lots of snuggles, and lots of just being together. It was GREAT.
But better than all of that, because of the support of these specific families, we were able to make a donation of $300 to World Vision!!!!
With the money raised through these mini-sessions, Chris and I choose to support a division of World Vision called World Vision Micro Program. The World Vision Micro Program funds loans to people in poverty who want to start or grow a current business. This program enables farmers to buy seeds, fisherman to buy nets, tailors to buy cloth or bakers to buy flour. It enables talented and visionary people who happen to live in a country with very little small business support to start, run & grow their own small businesses. It changes communities, empowers families and invigorates economies.
I love this video demonstrating how Micro Loans changed the life and community of one family.
Because of our clients & World Vision Micro Loans – we were able to fund a loan to Ursala Gilos and help her to purchase pigs so she can start a pig farm. She will repay the loan – but not to us. As her business grows and the debt is repaid it will be paid forward to another person/family who can change their lives with just a little support.
I can never be sure – and I don’t want to minimize the difficult life of families in 3rd world countries – but I have an aching in my heart that says if the Goetz family did not have the luxury of being born in the US, we could make it work if someone gave us as little as $300 to start a pig farm. I can’t help but think that our lives and the lives of our children could be dramatically different if we could get a small (and I mean SMALL) business loan to care for our children and provide for their needs. Such an easy need to meet. So, so easy for SG Photo – a small business – to do.
Ursula – I believe you have a God-given, deeply rooted entrepreneurial spirit in you. Our prayer is that this little bit of money (by American standards) will empower you to forge a path to a new life – one where you can support and provide for your beautiful family. May God bless your business.
Thank you to the families who scheduled mini-sessions at the farm. I appreciate your support and your business that allows SGPhoto to do this kind of thing. I hope that your photos are treasured – and that they remind you of another family in the Philippians who is working hard for a new kind of life.
I’ve never had more fun with mini-sessions than I did with these. I think SGPhoto has just begun with this new kind of mini-session…
Stay tuned for more details!