In 2011, Relational Tithe began development on ‘Common Change’ - a web tool to facilitate collaborative giving amongst other groups. The spark has caught and now we are finally launching the platform that helps make this possibility accessible to hundreds and even thousands of people!
In 2005, compelled to action by their faith, a group of friends founded ‘Relational Tithe’, a collaborative giving plan that enabled them to pool resources and meet needs of people they were in relationship with. Fast forward 8 years and it is time to share this little experiment as a workable tool with the rest of the world.
In the years that Relational Tithe was in motion, we were able to touch the lives of over 1000 families and individuals in over 15 countries including Ghana, Cuba, Egypt, Syria, Mexico, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Israel/Palestine and the United States. Over $500,000 has been given directly to people in need.
Two years ago, Mission Waco began providing $112 loans for the extremely poor women in NE Haiti in the area we have been working in for over 27 years. Women must apply and commit to weekly meetings and the values of the program. Twenty-five women are accepted each term and to date 50 women have been involved successfully so far. After completing a business plan and learning certain life skills to help them achieve, other women in their group determine which projects and participants are the best choices. So far, 100% of the women have repaid their loans in full. This project will raise funds for another class of 25 women.