SALT Teaching Models
How do they work?
The SALT Microloan program provides small loans to help impoverished people start or expand small businesses. As with all aspects of the SALT program, our ultimate goal is to provide Biblical teaching while at the same time helping impoverished people provide for themselves.
Microloan program goals:
- Takes funding from the United States to help individuals start or expand small businesses
- Restores dignity to the poor by encouraging them to use their God-given gifts, abilities, and resources
- Walks with people to learn a sustainable way of life, shifting their gaze from aid to their own resources
- Teaches people better ways to market their goods, work with customers, and keep good records
- Shows people how to follow Christ in everyday life
How do they work?
If a community shows interest in starting a savings group, a SALT representative visits the community and teaches them how a savings group operates. People who want to be involved form a group and begin to meet regularly for teaching and accountability. The group discusses their goals and decides how much each client will save each week. As funds slowly accumulate, they become available for various uses. There is variation in how savings groups operate, but the illustration on the right gives a look at how most of our savings groups work.
Savings group goals:
- Provide a platform for teaching
- Help entrepreneurs develop or expand small enterprises
- Provide a safe place for clients to keep their savings and take out low-interest loans
- Prepares clients for hard times, such as medical emergencies or natural disasters
- Allows the poor to become the solution to their own problem
How does it work?
While most impoverished countries have adequate resources, farmers often lack the necessary knowledge and training to make progress. Our goal for Agri-Plus is to help farmers identify their resources and implement sustainable farming practices. We want to help them identify opportunities, work together in a sharing environment, and ultimately shift from being helped to helping others. With the help of Agri-Plus, farmers can make better use of the agricultural resources around them to provide for their own families. They can also pass on their knowledge to their children to help break generational cycles of poverty. Every aspect of Agri-Plus is anchored in Biblical teaching, emphasizing family values and spiritual growth.
Agri-Plus program goals:
- Listens to the needs of farmers and teaches simple sustainable practices
- Helps reveal agricultural opportunities and resources
- Encourages initiative and commitment
- Fosters working together and sharing with others
- Teaches Biblical lessons and nurtures spiritual growth
View a brief presentation about the SALT Agri-Plus program.
Our goal for SALT vocational schools is to help people in underdeveloped countries develop useful, practical skills. Utilizing these skills will help people work their way out of poverty, contribute to the needs of their communities, and employ others who may not have business ownership skills.
Our first vocational school opened in Ghana in September 2016. This school focuses on auto mechanics. Initially, three students were enrolled, but the count quickly grew to five. Each day begins with a Biblical lesson, followed by a technical lesson. The students spend the rest of the day putting to practice what they have learned through hands-on mechanic work.
As with all aspects of the SALT program, we want to use vocational schools as a way of providing much-needed Biblical teaching that will help people walk with Jesus in everyday life. As instructors work closely with students on an almost daily basis, they have a tremendous opportunity to influence them to walk with God.
Vocational school goals:
- Provide occupational education to the chronically poor
- Equip people with vocational skills to help them provide for themselves
- Raise up kingdom Christians that exemplify the image of Jesus Christ in everyday life
- Encourage people to help each other and contribute to their communities
- Provide training that is relevant to the country and culture
Salt & Light
Our vision for Salt and Light is to create a way for Anabaptists to walk alongside their neighbors and build relationships. Through this platform, we hope to pattern what it looks like to walk with Jesus and obey His teachings. To help accomplish this, the Salt & Light course will center around two themes:
- The Bible brings hope for our financial problems
- Joyful kingdom living comes from obeying Jesus
The first theme points to the fact that by following Biblical principles, our financial problems in life are addressed in a practical way. The second theme is to call the participant beyond earthly vision and show how true joy comes from being obedient to the teachings of Jesus.
Our goal is to bring long-term change by helping people recognize and use their God-given skills and resources. Once people discover that they have the ability to help themselves, sustainable change begins and the results will linger long after the Salt & Light course is past.