LOOM INTERNATIONAL BELIEVES

SUSTAINABLE social change comes through investing in LOCAL people working with the most VULNERABLE in their COMMUNITIES

Here’s how:

We work in hope and interdependence

Loom identifies key change-agents—Local Experts—already impacting the vulnerable in their communities. More often than not, they are strong influencers working with very few resources and limited networks. We listen to them and learn what they need to be sustainable in the long-run, growing their capacity, connecting them with training and relationships for success. We call this acceleration.

Loom’s model of change is based in both community and family well-being. We believe sustainable, thriving communities are made up of many interconnected threads, from education, to job creation, to clean energy and affordable healthcare.

The assets needed to conclude that a community is sustainable as well as thriving are determined first by what a family requires to protect and nurture their children and develop their own thriving and sustainable household. Rather than hoping for positive trickle-down effects, true, lasting change must always begin with the consideration of the most vulnerable community members. When families are built around the best interests of the child, and communities are built around the best interest of families, these same families in turn contribute to the greater flourishing of everyone.

Loom has identified seven essential Community Assets:

  1. EDUCATION: for every age and related to every other community asset
  2. ENERGY: that supports life, wellness, learning, safety, and health, including clean water, non-toxic energy solutions, and access to technology
  3. HOUSING: secure, safe, healthy, and locally appropriate for community
  4. HEALTHCARE: mental, emotional, and physical
  5. ENTERPRISE: employment and business opportunities to secure education, food, housing, transportation and other necessities/rights
  6. AGRICULTURE: food production and the equitable distribution of land
  7. WATERaccess to and stewardship of clean water

In addition, three additional elements can be assets or liabilities in the success of communities:

  1. FAITH: beliefs about the nature of God, humanity, and the world around us
  2. CULTURE: the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities, and habits of the individuals in these groups. 
  3. ENVIRONMENT: the natural world and local context in which a community is situated

Although these elements are not always tangible or visible, they each influence, create, and determine the inherent values and material life of a community. The goal is for these three elements to intertwine and move together towards the greater harmony of all ten assets of community well-being.

Sustainable change grows best from local, grassroots solutions that maximize the strengths, vision and creativity found in each community. Ultimately, the local community is always in the position of power to design and establish their own sustainable future.

Protecting children means stronger communities.

Loom works from the conviction that when the smallest and weakest in society are cared for, everyone benefits. In every country and community, that is the child.

Child well-being and development is the foundation for community and economic development, as capable children become the foundation for a healthy, prosperous and sustainable community. It is our belief that everyone from the Global Church, Governments, International Corporations, NGO’s, the community, the church and families are responsible to acknowledge and work toward each child thriving.

When we invest wisely in children and families, the following generation will contribute much more through their healthy and productive lives. Local Experts are starting schools, clinics, school sponsorship, after-school programs, parenting classes, vocational schools and social enterprise. Loom accelerates these local leaders to expand their impact and work towards sustainable change in which everyone can thrive.

Local Experts work with integrity and passion, bringing hope and change in their community—the place they know best. What they lack are resources, training and relationships with people who believe in them and give them tools to succeed on a much bigger scale.

Loom has identified the biggest roadblocks to success are:

  • a lack of training
  • a lack of financial sustainability
  • a lack of access to reliable infrastructure, such as energy, water, or clinics. 

To address these problems, Loom offers tailor-made solutions through capacity building and connections.

Why Connections?

Why are connections important? Take for example, a Local Expert starting a school for at-risk children, offering them the hope of an education. Before they know it, 40+ children are crammed on the floor in a tiny room. This is not sustainable and often, the conditions lead to disillusionment in Local Experts and children not receiving the quality education they need. 

We here at Loom cannot build a new classroom. We are not solar energy or job creation experts. But we do have access to people who are and can provide that much-needed connection for sustainable change. Whether it is through our own tools, or training in cooperation with other organizations, we will research and do the work to offer the Local Expert the right resources for their specific situation.

Why capacity-building?

Loom is convinced that the Local Expert knows more about their own context than we do. We accelerate them, because we believe in their ability to transform their community in lasting ways. Our greatest hope is that they have everything they need to successfully work without us. That is the heart of capacity-building. 

Theory of Change

As our name suggests, we work internationally with Local Experts, resource people and investors all over the world.

For the next 15 years, we are strategically focusing on projects across the continent of Africa. 

By intentionally building social enterprise alongside project expansion, our goal is to see each of these projects self-sustaining within the next 10 years. This means: 

  • a greater number of children in schools
  • more communities experiencing quality healthcare and lower child mortality
  • a greater number of people with jobs and a living wage
  • more lay-social workers supporting children and families
  • and so much more. 

Our belief is that these Local Experts will continue to transform their community without us.

THRIVING COMMUNITIES

Loom’s model of change is based in both community and family well-being. We believe sustainable, thriving communities are made up of many interconnected threads, from education, to job creation, to clean energy and affordable healthcare.

The assets needed to conclude that a community is sustainable as well as thriving are determined first by what a family requires to protect and nurture their children and develop their own thriving and sustainable household. Rather than hoping for positive trickle-down effects, true, lasting change must always begin with the consideration of the most vulnerable community members. When families are built around the best interests of the child, and communities are built around the best interest of families, these same families in turn contribute to the greater flourishing of everyone.

Loom has identified seven essential Community Assets:

  1. EDUCATION: for every age and related to every other community asset
  2. ENERGY: that supports life, wellness, learning, safety, and health, including clean water, non-toxic energy solutions, and access to technology
  3. HOUSING: secure, safe, healthy, and locally appropriate for community
  4. HEALTHCARE: mental, emotional, and physical
  5. ENTERPRISE: employment and business opportunities to secure education, food, housing, transportation and other necessities/rights
  6. AGRICULTURE: food production and the equitable distribution of land
  7. WATERaccess to and stewardship of clean water

In addition, three additional elements can be assets or liabilities in the success of communities:

  1. FAITH: beliefs about the nature of God, humanity, and the world around us
  2. CULTURE: the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities, and habits of the individuals in these groups. 
  3. ENVIRONMENT: the natural world and local context in which a community is situated

Although these elements are not always tangible or visible, they each influence, create, and determine the inherent values and material life of a community. The goal is for these three elements to intertwine and move together towards the greater harmony of all ten assets of community well-being.

Sustainable change grows best from local, grassroots solutions that maximize the strengths, vision and creativity found in each community. Ultimately, the local community is always in the position of power to design and establish their own sustainable future.

STARTING WITH THE LEAST

Protecting children means stronger communities.

Loom works from the conviction that when the smallest and weakest in society are cared for, everyone benefits. In every country and community, that is the child.

Child well-being and development is the foundation for community and economic development, as capable children become the foundation for a healthy, prosperous and sustainable community. It is our belief that everyone from the Global Church, Governments, International Corporations, NGO’s, the community, the church and families are responsible to acknowledge and work toward each child thriving.

When we invest wisely in children and families, the following generation will contribute much more through their healthy and productive lives. Local Experts are starting schools, clinics, school sponsorship, after-school programs, parenting classes, vocational schools and social enterprise. Loom accelerates these local leaders to expand their impact and work towards sustainable change in which everyone can thrive.

CAPACITY BUILDING | CONNECTIONS

Local Experts work with integrity and passion, bringing hope and change in their community—the place they know best. What they lack are resources, training and relationships with people who believe in them and give them tools to succeed on a much bigger scale.

Loom has identified the biggest roadblocks to success are:

  • a lack of training
  • a lack of financial sustainability
  • a lack of access to reliable infrastructure, such as energy, water, or clinics. 

To address these problems, Loom offers tailor-made solutions through capacity building and connections.

Why Connections?

Why are connections important? Take for example, a Local Expert starting a school for at-risk children, offering them the hope of an education. Before they know it, 40+ children are crammed on the floor in a tiny room. This is not sustainable and often, the conditions lead to disillusionment in Local Experts and children not receiving the quality education they need. 

We here at Loom cannot build a new classroom. We are not solar energy or job creation experts. But we do have access to people who are and can provide that much-needed connection for sustainable change. Whether it is through our own tools, or training in cooperation with other organizations, we will research and do the work to offer the Local Expert the right resources for their specific situation.

Why capacity-building?

Loom is convinced that the Local Expert knows more about their own context than we do. We accelerate them, because we believe in their ability to transform their community in lasting ways. Our greatest hope is that they have everything they need to successfully work without us. That is the heart of capacity-building. 

Theory of Change

WHERE WE WORK

As our name suggests, we work internationally with Local Experts, resource people and investors all over the world.

For the next 15 years, we are strategically focusing on projects across the continent of Africa. 

By intentionally building social enterprise alongside project expansion, our goal is to see each of these projects self-sustaining within the next 10 years. This means: 

  • a greater number of children in schools
  • more communities experiencing quality healthcare and lower child mortality
  • a greater number of people with jobs and a living wage
  • more lay-social workers supporting children and families
  • and so much more. 

Our belief is that these Local Experts will continue to transform their community without us.