New Self-Reliance Services Initiative Ignites Hope
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 (PEF) is one component of this exciting new internationally focused Self-Reliance Initiative that is operating in 75 countries.
How does it work?
Local priesthood leaders invite members to join self-reliance groups, where 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 PEF loan. As a result, their hope increases and they develop new skills for a better life. For example, Irene, a single mother of four living in Ghana, chose the entrepreneurial route and turned her seamstress skills into a mobile sewing service. As a result, she can now afford to send her children to school.