Five Talents is a non-profit organisation in the United States, working mostly with women and marginalised people living in poverty, to build their capacity to budget and save, and to develop income-generating activities to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Five Talents fights poverty, creates jobs and transforms lives by empowering the poor in developing countries through innovative savings and financial inclusion programs, business training and spiritual development.
With the parable of the five talents (Matthew 25:14-30) as their inspiration, Five Talents was started at the 1998 Lambeth Conference to empower, teach and facilitate good stewardship in the communities where they are invited to serve.
Five Talents serves to provide financial inclusion opportunities in some of the most overlooked and poorest areas in the world. In the communities where they work, people are unable to obtain traditional loans or other banking services. Since 2001, they have implemented programs in over twenty countries.
Five Talents collaborates with the local Church and indigenous partners, providing tools, support, and education resources needed to build programs that are specific to the needs of individual communities.
The Anglican Church of the Diocese of the Province of Myanmar is committed to working with 200 refugee families, and has invited Five Talents to provide the training curriculum and program as part of their repatriation.
The goal of the project is to empower and provide micro-entrepreneurial training for these repatriated refugee families, impacting at least 1,000 people, by 2019.
The project also involves developing community-based savings and loan groups for the repatriated refugees from Thailand to Hpa-An in Myanmar. It also involves repatriation of the refugees to new communities and includes literacy and financial training, as many of the participants will have had little access to education.
Funding: This project is funded by donations from the Australian public.