Sewing a New Future
The curvy elevated road led us to the extreme top of a mountain. As we climbed up, I could see the bigger hills I saw from the valley, getting smaller. The evening sun painted shades of orange on the hillsides. It was a small village in Nedumkandam cluster of VisionFund India (known as IMPACT) office in Kattappana, Kerala. Aparna Tailoring was one of only three shops that stood on that hilltop.
VisionFund India, operating as IMPACT, is a Christian owner-operated mission-driven microfinance network working with caregivers in hard to reach, impoverished locations so they can create secure futures for their children. Inspired by Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the most vulnerable families and communities regardless of religion, race, ethnicity gender, to create lasting change in their lives.
VisionFund serves low income clients living in vulnerable and rural communities by offering financial and livelihood solutions, delivered through our Network, World Vision and partners; empowering families to create income and jobs; and unlocking economic potential for communities to thrive. The products and services offered fall into five broad categories: microloans, savings programmes, microinsurance, training and education. Benefits include sustainable livelihoods, increased economic well-being, improved community well-being, decreased dependence on outside aid and restoration of hope and dignity.
Together with World Vision, we are focused on ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Client Impact Stories
Dreams of a Fancy Shop Come True
34-year-old Rosemary from Kerala was a housewife for many years, until one day, she decided to open a fancy shop of her own. She managed to start her shop, ‘Rosarium’, in the town nearby. However, running the shop was not a very easy task for someone who was very new to business. Most of the items in the shop were to be purchased from Ernakulam, Thrissur and even out of the state, from places like Mumbai.
From Poverty to Better Days
Selvi has been living in Veppanthattai Taluk Perambalur district for the last 35 years. She has two children; the elder daughter is studying in 9th Std and the younger one in 5th Std. Her husband passed away in 2008 in an accident. She is currently the sole breadwinner for the family, and her main sources of income are from selling milk and farming.
Starting a Dream With One Cow
VisionFund India, operating as IMPACT, staff were merrily greeted at the newly painted house. It was little Angel Maria’s home. At four years old, she is very active and chirpy. She took our staff to see the baby calf she is very fond of and showed us around the house.
Confidence Comes From Financial Success
Mrs. Rukkumani, aged 38, has been living in Melaviduthi village, Pudukkottai for the last 28 years. She has three daughters and one son. For her three daughters’ education and other daily expenses, she had to borrow money from moneylenders who charged high interest rates. Most of the time, her family life was dependent on financial support from friends and relatives.