TMP is a non-profit economic development program that operates in Uganda, East Africa. Compassionate people in the US give to TMP to teach and lend to qualified micro-business owners who need a modest capital boost. These cash loans, to very low income church members, usually help make businesses more profitable and sustainable. Owners repay the loans to our revolving fund that helps other qualified applicants.
Micro-finance, following extensive stewardship training, is our main service designed to increase responsibility in enterprise. Development of local leadership has turned out to be a main result of TMP.
Another TMP service is educational assistance. This, on a more limited scale than the micro-finance, also enables ultimate self-support.
Recently our village lift-up lending work is in some Lake Victoria north side communities of Mukono and Buikwe Districts. This service is part of an outreach and church planting ministry of Kampala Presbytery.
TMP is a vehicle for Christians to help others in the name of Christ without unintended harm being done.
The annual budget was about $90,000 in 2016: Loans, Training & related travel (68%), Education Assistance (13%), US Ministry (6%), Administration (13%).
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: We pay no Ugandan salaries or stipends from general funds, have no office in Uganda and no bureauocracy within the Presbyterian Church in Uganda. Even so TMP is not para-church. We do not send missionaries but rely on local leadership and pay their expenses. They train loan recipients and supervise the program in Uganda. Administration of the program in the US pays $1000 per month for leadership to the executive secretary.
We encourage supporters to go to see what we are doing. We work within those churches of the PCU that ask for our development assistance. We train their deacons to do service work among their business people. We are church-based.