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Our Work

“God sent His son to establish His kingdom on earth and Jesus said we are to continue his work.  We are to love in a way that others amazed by it, inspired by it and wish to be part of it.”

Empowerment Work in Burkina Faso

Lighting the Path achieves our goals through biannual, 4-week trips  to Burkina Faso. Once there, we teach micro-finance, how to run a business, and how to sew or weave to local women in order to help them start their own enterprises. Your donations toward Lighting the Path primarily cover these trips and providing the resources needed for these classes.

Women’s Empowerment

The Giving Hope Project

 The Giving Hope Project is a community service program in St. Louis, Missouri assisting marginalized populations including refugees, immigrants, under served and homeless. We empower these populations with education and training to facilitate sustainable solutions to supporting themselves and their families. This is a program run by Lighting the Path Enterprises, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Education and Empowerment Project

School for Girls Project

Numerous African girls are often sent out of the house to survive on their own at age twelve or forced into marriage.  They often end up on the streets with no one to care for them and no where to go.  One of our currently on-going projects is our plan to open an education center in Niangaloko, Burkina Faso to provide a safe place to receive an education for those girls who are not sent to school by their family.

Service Project

The Girls for Girls Project

In Africa, many women and girls do not have sanitary supplies to deal with their monthly period.  They are often restricted from activities, family, work and school at this time.

The Girls for Girls project promotes the making of washable cloth feminine hygiene pads for girls and women in poverty-stricken countries. This will allow them to live a more normal life during these times and not miss out on education and other needed activities.  On our biannual 4-week long trips to Burkina Faso, we bring donated materials with us. They are directly given to teenage girls and birthing clinics who need them. Please join us we strive towards a world where women are not held back just because they are women.

Microfinance

Lighting the Path offers micro finance assistance in special need situations. We have trained individuals and helped them establish a small enterprise when there are specific extreme needs which we are made aware of. Lighting the Path offers the micro finance assistance as a “pay it forward” model where the individuals or groups eventually set aside money from the profits and give seed money in the future to someone in need to start their own small enterprise.

An essential element of the best outreach programs is empowering those you serve.