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Self-Reliance Services/Perpetual Education Fund

With more than 15 million Church members worldwide, it is not surprising to find members in many locations who lack the spiritual and temporal necessities of life—yet who are actively yearning for the ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Since 2014 the Church has opened more than 1,100 Self-Reliance Resource Centers in or near stake centers. The historic Perpetual Education Fund is one component of this exciting new internationally focused Self-Reliance Services initiative that is operating in 75 countries.

Local priesthood leaders invite members to join self- reliance groups in which they support each other in learning and living essential principles of spiritual and temporal self-reliance. In addition, participants learn how to start and grow their own businesses, develop interview skills that can lead to new jobs, or create an education plan that may include a loan. As a result, their hope increases and they develop new skills for a better life.

Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. -Marion G. Romney, Quoted by Thomas S. Monson in “Guiding Principles of Personal and Family Welfare,” Ensign, September 1986

Self-Reliance Services/PEF Facts and Figures:

  • 90,000 job and educational “starts” in 2014
  • 65,544 members in 71 countries have received educational loans
  • 36,671 members in self-reliance groups in Q1 2015
  • Funding for Self-Reliance Services and PEF loans come through contributions from Church members and other donors