Since 2009, LSM has been working with vulnerable children and their single mothers to build stable families where they can thrive. We create dignified jobs for single mothers, and we provide counseling, educational opportunities and local church support for them and their children so a new generation can break the cycle of poverty and desperation.
We accomplish these life-changing transformations through four key approaches.
SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING FOR SINGLE MOTHERS
At-risk single mothers selected for our program attend free training sessions and receive personalized support to start their own small businesses. Our in-depth training walks them through everything from developing a success-driven business plan to cost analysis to planning for long-term growth. It is specifically designed for mothers who have never received a formal education.
MENTORING AND ONGOING SUPPORT
As they start their businesses, each mother receives mentorship from our support staff as they begin their new enterprise. They are encouraged to become part of the local church where they receive not only ongoing inspiration and support for themselves, but for their children as well. Our goal is to provide tangible resources and positive community where a family can begin to thrive.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
LSM provides each woman with practical resources, including modest food provisions, clothing, and a small supplemental income for the first couple of years as they begin their business. Through this, mothers can concentrate on cultivating their business successfully while also having the means to take care of their children. At the end of the predetermined grace period, their business should be sustainable enough to support their entire family. This is an important step toward self-sustainability for each family!
ONGOING EDUCATIONAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN
As their mothers are empowered with the tools they need to provide for their family, we also come alongside their children from childhood through young adulthood. Each child receives school supplies and tuition and is supported by mentoring programs through the local church. These programs are continually expanding to include vacation bible school, seminars and child development programs.
THROUGH THIS REAL WORLD, GOSPEL-DRIVEN APPROACH, THE NEXT GENERATION OF ETHIOPIAN ADULTS WILL BE EMPOWERED WITH THE SKILLS AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY AND BEGIN TO TRANSFORM THEIR CULTURE FOR CHRIST.
MORIYA ETHIOPIAN ACCESSORIES
In 2010, we helped a group of single mothers start a for-profit business in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, called Moriya Ethiopian Accessories. With little formal education and no vocational skills, these women had very few options to provide for their children. So few options, in fact, that they had resorted to prostitution out of sheer desperation.
MORIYA ETHIOPIAN ACCESSORIES WAS CREATED TO PROVIDE THESE MOTHERS WITH DIGNIFIED, SUSTAINABLE WORK TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN AND BREAK GENERATIONAL CYCLES OF POVERTY.
In Moriya’s infancy, we trained these mothers in basic skills like sewing, purchasing raw materials, and even selling internationally. The dignity and hope they have developed through this business over the past seven years is not only helping them raise healthy, educated children, it has given them their own hope for the future.
TODAY, THEIR BEAUTIFUL HANDCRAFTED PRODUCTS ARE FOR SALE THROUGH LSM.
All products are sourced locally in Addis Ababa, with fabrics handwoven on traditional looms, lovingly crafted by independent mothers who have now been empowered to leave the streets and raise their families. You can purchase one today by visiting the Gift Shop located at our U.S. office in Bluffton, Indiana.