Micro-Loan Fund - Recent Stories

A Bubbling Business

Take one discarded beer keg, a motor from an old washing machine, a cylinder of compressed CO2 gas, a little ingenuity, and lots of used plastic soda bottles. Put them all together and what do you get? A small soft drink business that provides much-needed income for the impoverished members of a small, rural church in communist Cuba. Continue Reading...


Amorphophallus Paeoniifolius

Amorphophallus Paeoniifolius. It is also more commonly known in parts of Southeast Asia as stink lily, whitest giant arum, or my favorite name, elephant foot yam.

The edible part of the plant, the underground tuber, is high in fiber, low in fat, a rich source of essential fatty acids, and is loaded with potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, and Vitamins C and B6. Scientific tests have indicated antibacterial, anti-mycobacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Uncooked, however, elephant foot yams are toxic, and if eaten, will make your mouth, tongue and throat feel as if hundreds of small needles are digging into them. Wow. Continue Reading...


Tomato Pastor

Pastor Moses Lal Tlang Piang is the pastor of a small Wesleyan church in the remote village of Maul Zawl, in mountainous Chin State of Myanmar. He's not afraid to work. But prior to a micro-loan courtesy of Heaven's Family's Micro-Loan Fund, he had nothing to work with.

When Moses received his first loan last year of $120, he purchased tomato seeds and planted them, growing 1,100 tomato plants on land that the Chin State government allowed him to use for free. Four months later, Moses used part of his loan to pay for his first harvest to be transported to market. After all his expenses were paid and his tomatoes were sold, pastor Moses made a 32% profit, and that was just in a few months. Continue Reading...