Loom International believes

sustainable

comes through investing in

social change

local

people working with the most

vulnerable

in their

communities.

Loom International believes

sustainable

comes through investing in

social change

local

people working with the most

vulnerable

in their

communities.

Why the Local Expert?

Loom comes alongside local change-makers already bringing transformation in the lives of the vulnerable in their communities. We believe people serving the marginalized in their own cultures are the experts—the Local Experts. They speak the language, know the history and understand the inherent complexities of their context better than any of us ever could.

Why together?

Research has shown what Local Experts often lack are relationships, networks and tools to succeed on a bigger scale. They live and work to bring hope in the midst of poverty, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and lack of education and they do this with very limited resources.

Loom has identified the biggest roadblocks to Local Experts’ success are:

  • a lack of training
  • a lack of financial sustainability
  • a lack of access to reliable energy and water
  • a lack of infrastructure

That’s where Loom comes in. We intentionally come alongside them in interdependence, learning together how to maximize what they are already doing. We celebrate their ingenuity and commitment to local solutions and in turn discover what they need to be successful in the long term to empower the vulnerable.

Meet Jacinta

Jacinta Mukolwe lives and works in Arusha, Tanzania. She started a sewing group for young at-risk mothers in her community to teach them a skill that they could use to support their young children, as well as core life skills they missed as a child. Loom heard about her initiative and sat down with her to learn more about it. She talked of the excitement of providing the girls with a tangible skill that was changing their lives as well as teaching them their worth and rebuilding their identity, but she also felt stuck.

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Her strength was in pursuing relationships with the girls and providing training but she wasn’t versed in systems, in how to create a budget, how to track finances and wages.

Loom worked with Jacinta to set up a simple budget and book-keeping system that was suitable for her context and easy to manage. We provided her training through our Celebrating Children Workshop where she learnt more about how to work with at-risk youth.

It’s simple. Jacinta lived and worked in Arusha. The young mothers came to her because she was already a beacon of hope in her community. She listened. She understood the problem. She acted to bring a solution.

Loom, in turn, saw what Jacinta was good at, what she was already doing and listened to what she needed to achieve greater sustainability. As we continue to share her story with others, we create a greater network of relationships—providing a way for others to learn about her ministry and see how they can partner with her.

This is just one way Loom works with Local Experts.

Robert

Robert

Teacher at New Vision Primary School
in Arusha, Tanzania.

Beatrice

Beatrice

Runs Tumaini child sponsorship
program with her husband in
Arusha, Tanzania.

Bosco

Bosco

Starting a school for under resourced children in Lira, Uganda.

Eluzai

Eluzai

A South Sudanese leader who was forced to flee South Sudan and now works with children in Northern Uganda.

Jack-and-Dalia

Jack and Dalia

Run a school in slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Judy

Judy

Runs Hope Groups, which reach out to support people suffering with HIV-Aids in Arusha, Tanzania.

Manuel-&-Maria

Manuel and Maria

Serve vulnerable adults and children who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, giving them hope and practical help.

WHY?

Why the Local Expert?

Loom comes alongside local change-makers already bringing transformation in the lives of the vulnerable in their communities. We believe people serving the marginalized in their own cultures are the experts—the Local Experts. They speak the language, know the history and understand the inherent complexities of their context better than any of us ever could.

Why together?

Research has shown what Local Experts often lack are relationships, networks and tools to succeed on a bigger scale. They live and work to bring hope in the midst of poverty, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and lack of education and they do this with very limited resources.

Loom has identified the biggest roadblocks to Local Experts’ success are:

  • a lack of training
  • a lack of financial sustainability
  • a lack of access to reliable energy and water
  • a lack of infrastructure

That’s where Loom comes in. We intentionally come alongside them in interdependence, learning together how to maximize what they are already doing. We celebrate their ingenuity and commitment to local solutions and in turn discover what they need to be successful in the long term to empower the vulnerable.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Meet Jacinta

Jacinta Mukolwe lives and works in Arusha, Tanzania. She started a sewing group for young at-risk mothers in her community to teach them a skill that they could use to support their young children, as well as core life skills they missed as a child. Loom heard about her initiative and sat down with her to learn more about it. She talked of the excitement of providing the girls with a tangible skill that was changing their lives as well as teaching them their worth and rebuilding their identity, but she also felt stuck.

Read more...

Her strength was in pursuing relationships with the girls and providing training but she wasn’t versed in systems, in how to create a budget, how to track finances and wages.

Loom worked with Jacinta to set up a simple budget and book-keeping system that was suitable for her context and easy to manage. We provided her training through our Celebrating Children Workshop where she learnt more about how to work with at-risk youth.

It’s simple. Jacinta lived and worked in Arusha. The young mothers came to her because she was already a beacon of hope in her community. She listened. She understood the problem. She acted to bring a solution.

Loom, in turn, saw what Jacinta was good at, what she was already doing and listened to what she needed to achieve greater sustainability. As we continue to share her story with others, we create a greater network of relationships—providing a way for others to learn about her ministry and see how they can partner with her.

This is just one way Loom works with Local Experts.

MEET MORE LOCAL EXPERTS
Robert

Robert

Teacher at New Vision Primary School
in Arusha, Tanzania.

Beatrice

Beatrice

Runs Tumaini child sponsorship
program with her husband in
Arusha, Tanzania.

Bosco

Bosco

Starting a school for under resourced children in Lira, Uganda.

Eluzai

Eluzai

A South Sudanese leader who was forced to flee South Sudan and now works with children in Northern Uganda.

Jack-and-Dalia

Jack and Dalia

Run a school in slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Judy

Judy

Runs Hope Groups, which reach out to support people suffering with HIV-Aids in Arusha, Tanzania.

Manuel-&-Maria

Manuel and Maria

Serve vulnerable adults and children who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, giving them hope and practical help.