South Asia Small Businesses



REGION: Eurasia

THE NEED: $25.00

About the project

Help transform South Asia – one family at a time.

Your gift will help individuals in South Asia to start small businesses and transform their own lives, their families, and eventually their whole communities. Many of the poor and most disadvantaged in South Asia's urban and rural areas are trying to find honest, respectable occupations through which they can support their families and raise their living standards. They often have the skills and knowledge, but cannot afford the capital investment to start small businesses. NCM tries to offer these people a chance by providing them with the means to establish a variety of micro-enterprises: animal rearing, fishing, fruit tree plantations, transportation, small shops or tailoring (many of these have graduated from Nazarene tailoring schools). NCM staff advise the people and train them to use the funds effectively and wisely, usually through so-called self-help groups (see Child Development Center project). In most cases, beneficiaries will provide part of the investment themselves or repay the money as a loan. Investments start from as little as $2.50.

Animal Raising and Gardening:
fruit tree: $2.50
plant: $5
sheep or goat: $25
young cow: $100
cow: $770

Small Business:
boat (for fishing): $50
sewing machine: $75

bicycle: $100
cycle-rickshaw: $200
motorcycle: $1,000 (used), $1,700 (new)
Auto-rickshaw: $2,400

Please note: The figures represent costs incurred when purchasing these items in local communities. We are typically not able to facilitate donor requests to purchase specific types of animals and materials. Donations received will be sent to the South Asia Small Business Project, and project leadership will use the funds to meet the objectives of the project, including determining which animals and materials are most needed at any given time.


Donate by Check:

In the US:
Make checks payable to General Treasurer
and send them to:

Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116

In Canada: Make checks payable Church of the Nazarene Canada and send them to:

Church of the Nazarene Canada
3657 Ponytrail Drive
Mississauga, ON L4X 1W5

Be sure to put 121424 in the Memo area. Thanks for your donation.