Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:

"How can I learn more about using microenterprise projects for missions in developing countries?"

"Use these strategies for learning more."

Answer from Ed, who served with SIM for 22 years in Nigeria, Liberia, and Eritrea.

First, do an internet search on the words Christian microfinance or microenterprise and you will be able to learn about the philosophy and policies of some Christian organizations. For example, one that surfaces may surface is called PeerServants.org. This site recommended two books, the first an introductory one, and the second an intermediate book:

Christian Microenterprise Development: An Introduction by David Bussau and Russell Mask. This is short and written by two of the most respected individuals in the industry. It can be difficult to find, but do an online search for current availability.

Microfinance Handbook: An Institutional and Financial Perspective by Joanna Ledgerwood. An excellent, more rigorous and technical overview of secular microfinance.

For an overview of microenterprise with insight observations, see the book Where There Are No Jobs, by David Befus.

Second, search for humanitarian organizations that engage in microenterprise work. For example, learn about the Garmeen Bank.

Third, check out local universities to see if they offer a course in microenterprise work.

Fourth, do something short-term with a microenterprise organization.

Lastly, if you are considering microenterprise service, don't forget, you will need to have a passion for business, business skills, and business experience.

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