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 Social Innovator?

Loom believes the social innovators serving the marginalized in their own communities 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. The struggle of their lives has created a rare power and hope. We believe accelerating capacity growth in these social innovators is the key to sustainability.

Why together?

Research has shown what Social Innovators 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 Social Innovators’ 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 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.

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. She needed to find a sustainable market for the girls to enter after they graduated from the program.

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, and business training to help her scale up. Then, we helped her raise the funds to open The Second Chance, a storefront where graduates can work sewing school uniforms and other handmade items.

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 Social Innovators.

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Philip

Social Innovator in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Works in Education, Community Development, and Child Protection.

Beatrice

Beatrice

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

Bosco

Bosco

Starting a school for under resourced children in Lira, Uganda and pairing with job creation social enterprise in the community.

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Happiness

Social Innovator in Arusha, Tanzania who works with children at risk and trains community members towards child protection and family preservation.

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Francis

Overseeing the implementation of biogas in projects within Tanzania.

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Jacinta

Runs a tailoring training program and employs young single mothers looking for work with dignity in Arusha, Tanzania.

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.

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Sypora

Kenyan Education Specialist who currently works as Loom’s Early Childhood Education Service Coordinator to schools across East Africa.

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Edward

Runs a community center in Engikaret, Tanzania that includes a school, clinic, water and sanitation, and animal husbandry.

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Barthelemy

Works in Bakavu, DRC with his wife Miriam among street children and run small businesses to employ deaf women in their community.

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 Social Innovator?

Loom believes the social innovators serving the marginalized in their own communities 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. The struggle of their lives has created a rare power and hope. We believe accelerating capacity growth in these social innovators is the key to sustainability.

Why together?

Research has shown what Social Innovators 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 Social Innovators’ 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 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.

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. She needed to find a sustainable market for the girls to enter after they graduated from the program.

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, and business training to help her scale up. Then, we helped her raise the funds to open The Second Chance, a storefront where graduates can work sewing school uniforms and other handmade items.

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 Social Innovators.

MEET MORE SOCIAL INNOVATORS
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Philip

Social Innovator in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Works in Education, Community Development, and Child Protection.

Beatrice

Beatrice

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

Bosco

Bosco

Starting a school for under resourced children in Lira, Uganda and pairing with job creation social enterprise in the community.

CMP_LOOM_ARUSHABASE-442

Happiness

Social Innovator in Arusha, Tanzania who works with children at risk and trains community members towards child protection and family preservation.

Screenshot 2020-04-15 at 12.06.52 PM

Francis

Overseeing the implementation of biogas in projects within Tanzania.

Screenshot 2020-04-15 at 12.08.57 PM

Jacinta

Runs a tailoring training program and employs young single mothers looking for work with dignity in Arusha, Tanzania.

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.

CMP_LOOM_ARUSHABASE-390 - Edited

Sypora

Kenyan Education Specialist who currently works as Loom’s Early Childhood Education Service Coordinator to schools across East Africa.

CMP2020_LOOM_ENGIKARET-808 - Edited

Edward

Runs a community center in Engikaret, Tanzania that includes a school, clinic, water and sanitation, and animal husbandry.

CMP2020_LOOM_CCW-220 - Edited

Barthelemy

Works in Bakavu, DRC with his wife Miriam among street children and run small businesses to employ deaf women in their community.

Manuel-&-Maria

Manuel and Maria

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