PTPL carries out work in two key areas: supporting access to education for those young people most affected by the conflict, and micro lending to support the growth of women-owned small businesses. You can read about these programs below and follow the links for more information.
Our First Focus: Education program provides Congolese children with the means to attend school.
School offers children suffering from the trauma of conflict some amount of stability, safety, and a regular schedule to follow. The children are not only receiving instruction, but the very act of going to school can help them through trauma recovery. PTPL focuses on supporting students in 38 primary and secondary schools in the Uvira Region in the eastern Congo. PTPL pays tuition for the benefit of specific children who would not be able to attend without this assistance.
The Microcredit Loan program gives Congolese women access to capital necessary to start or grow their small businesses.
The microcredit program began In October of 2005 when PTPL sent $1,820 to start the program in Uvira. This program had been a dream since the founding of PTPL and involved the interchange of ideas among those in Greensboro and Congo during the process of establishing guidelines for the program. A total of $7500 has now been sent for the loan fund. It is our hope that we will be able to raise sufficient funds in 2010 to be able to send $2500 more this year for a total of $10,000.