The Servant Project is located in remote and arid West Africa. This region is home to some of the poorest and most unreached people in the world. The project shares Christ’s love by operating a responsible program of community development in a nation where the average annual income is less than $800 per person, where life expectancy is less than 54 years, and where in some years there can be little or no rainfall. Most rural people are illiterate and have no access to God’s word.
Life in the region is hard. Water is hauled by hand; produce for sale is carried – by women – through dry riverbeds and over rocky hills to markets in surrounding villages. Malnutrition among children is common. By means of its revolving credit program the Servant Project places the equipment and tools they need within reach of the poor. It enables them to break the cycle of poverty and restore their dignity.
While this equipment is available on local markets, what is absent is the facility for buying it on easily-affordable credit terms. In this way the project allows poor rural farmers to acquire labor-saving machinery such as plows and donkey carts, as well as protect their fields with wire fencing and barbed wire. The project also promotes adult literacy, women’s savings groups, and water-provision projects aimed at freeing rural women from back-breaking and time consuming chores.
A donation to the Servant Project will allow missionaries to continue to proclaim God’s love in one of the hardest-to-reach places in the world while helping to provide solid practical help to impoverished communities.