Life Builders Fellowship
Business: Concrete block manufacture
Violence and unemployment have plagued the inner-city community of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica for many years now.
A local church’s community development program works to create social cohesion by unearthing the hidden talents of individuals and providing viable employment opportunities. The New Testament Church of God sponsors microenterprises through the Miracle Tabernacle Foundation, one of its key programs. Pastor John Hardy and the members of the church provide training and create jobs through entrepreneurial projects.
The church established a concrete block-making project to provide employment for some of the many unemployed young men in its men’s group. They approached ECLOF Jamaica for a loan of J$392,000 (approximately US$6,000) to purchase and install a machine for the manufacture of 18” x 6” vibrated concrete building blocks. The project is called the Life Builders Fellowship.
The income from the project is very important for these men as it provides money for their basic family needs, social services, and for their children’s education. The block-making project has already begun to change the lives of the participants as well as instilling a greater sense of hope within the heart of the community.