Summer Newsletter 2018
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Recent news about our projects

Over 70 women in the poorest districts of the department of Carazo, Nicaragua, successfully completed the small business course run by our local partner, the Nicaraguan Association for Culture and Education (ANDECU). All of the project’s targets were met or exceeded. 

In 2017, 15 university students had the opportunity to provide instruction and guidance to 75 rural women who operate or want to start a small enterprise. The total cost of the project was $24,130 (Cdn).

A great deal was accomplished with this relatively small amount. The young students received leadership training and took a program in micro business that enabled them to teach the rural women how to better manage their small enterprises.  

One indicator of the success of the program is that each of the 75 participants produced a business plan and 35% of them increased their revenue even before the course ended.

LINCCO is proud to have been a part of such a carefully planned and well-executed project. Congratulations to all of the participants! 

Read the testimony of one of the small business women:

“My small enterprise is a food stand called a ‘fritanga’* that I operate outside my home every Saturday.

As soon as I heard about a free course on running a small business, I went to see Amara, a woman who also sells food in our district, and suggested we attend it together. Right from the outset, the idea of learning more about how to run a business appealed to me.

At the information session I learned that the classes were to be held on a week day and at first I thought that meant I could not attend since I had no one to look after my young son, Jefferson, but I managed to get everything in order at home and happily the instructors permitted us to bring our little ones to class. I was determined not to miss a class and my son Jefferson would not have let me if I wanted to. In fact, he was even more impatient to get there than I was, no doubt because the instructors brought activities for the children. Jefferson definitely kept me motivated!

The classes helped further my knowledge and updated my accounting methods. Now, I will put into practice everything we learned about business planning; in particular, purchasing control records, which I did not keep before.

I would also like to report that I have been able to share what I learned and take it beyond myself. I help my sister sell soft drinks and showed her how to keep inventory records and shared information we learned about managing a business.

One of the things I like most and find the most useful is setting objectives with a completion date. For example, in August, I set the objective of having a larger cooking grill and a new refrigerator before the end of 2017. By December, I had acquired both of them. That not only made me happy but also gave me the desire to work even harder in the new year. Of course, that also meant that I had to set new objectives for myself. My principle objective is to expand my business.

My experience with ANDECU was very good. I want to thank the instructors who gave the courses for their time and above all for their patience. They always kindly replied to my requests for clarification. I hope that we will continue to receive instruction in the future.”

(Original text in Spanish)

* Fried chicken, meat, banana, along with salad are the main plate of these businesses called fritanga.

Phillippines/Punlaan School

Ten students supported by LINCCO graduated from Punlaan School, the highly renowned school of culinary arts and hospitality in Manila. The School’s 25th Commencement Exercises were held on May 31st at the University of Asia and the Pacific. 

LINCCO extends congratulations to the graduates and a heartfelt thank you to the many donors and volunteers who made the ten scholarships possible.

Fundraising news
Punlaan fundraiser in Toronto

Congratulations once again to the great team in Toronto who held another hugely successful garage sale on May 26. The funds provide scholarships for transportation and cooking supplies for young women who are taking a one-year course in culinary arts and hospitality services at Punlaan School in Manila. 

Milestone wedding anniversary sets an example

Ellen and Nick Villanueva celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 19, 2018.  Originally from the Philippines, they had heard about Punlaan School fundraising efforts in Toronto and they chose LINCCO and Punlaan as the charity to benefit from the celebration. In lieu of gifts, they asked guests to make a donation to LINCCO. At their June 23 celebration LINCCO received 40 donations totalling $6,000—enough for 12 scholarships for travel and hands-on class materials.

It was a great idea—and one that anyone can repeat at their birthday, anniversary or other celebrations.

 LINCCO thanks Ellen, Nick and all their friends who are helping us change the lives of young women and their families in Manila.

Mother's Day campaign for new moms in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Thanks to your donations to our special campaign, a number of women in Health Centers on the outskirts of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, will benefit from pre-natal care and a safe delivery. A $50 donation allows a mom to receive quality care before and at the time of birth at Monkole Hospital. We thank everyone who donated this year and hope you will help spread the word about our 2019 Mother’s Day Campaign for the Congo.

Fundraiser in Quebec City

On May 25, 2018, a Cocktail Buffet was held in Quebec City for the benefit of the School for young girls in Bingerville, Ivory Coast.

L’Amicale Ivoriens étudieants de l’Université Laval (AMIE-UL), Laval University Student Friends of Ivory Coast, and short video testimonies from the School in Bingerville kept the guests engaged. $6,000 were raised which will enable the young girls at the school to continue their studies and acquire skills that will allow them to earn a living.

A big thank you to the organizers and all the participants!

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