At Cross Catholic Outreach, we ultimately want families to achieve self-sufficiency so they no longer need to rely on outside support. We can accomplish this through job training and by equipping individuals with the resources they need to launch a small businesses or be more productive when working the land. By providing families with farm animals, agricultural support or small loans, donors like you help them discover their potential and achieve their goals through our Microenterprise programs.
Our economic development programs significantly raise participants’ standard of living while also increasing their sense of dignity and self-respect. Many participants are single mothers who struggle because they are both the primary caretaker and breadwinner for their children. The eyes of these women light up as they proudly share how the economic investment you provided has allowed them to put food on the table and afford the medicines, clothes and school fees their children need.
In fiscal year 2021, you helped us continue this transformative work. For example, we partnered with a ministry in Nicaragua to provide pigs and animal husbandry business training to families in Nicaragua. In Haiti, we partnered with Father Glenn Meaux’s Kobonal Haiti Mission to empower community members with small business loans.