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One thing that distinguishes Five Talents from other microfinance organizations is our focus on under-served communities. We don't work in places laden with traditional banks and large for-profit microfinance institutions. We focus on the poor who live well off the beaten path and who have little or no access even to basic financial services.

These pictures of a flooded slum in Indonesia offer a glimpse into an under-served community that’s desperately in need of basic financial services and training that can empower micro-entrepreneurs and equip them for success.

Bekasi residents wade through the flood waters. Our partner on the ground, GERHATI, which Five Talents helped to found in 2005, recently sent us photos of their efforts to aid local Bekasi residents. These pictures offer a glimpse into an under-served community that's desperately in need of basic financial services and training that can empower micro-entrepreneurs and equip them for success.

These pictures of a flooded slum in Indonesia offer a glimpse into an under-served community that’s desperately in need of basic financial services and training that can empower micro-entrepreneurs and equip them for success.

Money Management: Men vs. Women #Infographics #Image — Lightscap3s.com

#Money Management: Men vs. Women - #Infographics

For the most part, men and women are in the same boat when it comes to managing debt and spending responsibly, but there are some noteworthy differences in the ways men and women handle.

Hotmian, a mother of three in Indonesia, is an example of a successful micro-entrepreneur who wants to do more than provide for herself and her family. She also wants to make a difference in the lives around her. She says she has found her calling serving the many transvestites that populate her poor community. She attends a regular Bible study and is seen by the needy in her neighborhood as a beacon of hope and encouragement. #TalentedMoms #MothersDay #Anglican #Episcopal

Here's a great story about a successful micro-entrepreneur in Indonesia

Five Talents' Jakarta-based partner, GERHATI, recently moved into a new office space. GERHATI now has two offices: this one in Jakarta and a second in Cileungsi. The Cileungsi office opened in early 2012.  Pictured here are GERHATI staff memebrs (L-R) Gunawan, Martina, Sherly, Edy and Yakub.  Our program in Indonesia serves women and men living in slum communities on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Five Talents' partner in Indonesia, GERHATI, recently moved into a new office space in Jakarta.

The transformation you unlock when you give to Five Talents looks a little different in each community. For Edo in Indonesia, the transformation involved an expansion of her micro-enterprise and an escape from unhealthy living conditions.

Business skills training and a series of micro-loans from Five Talents and our partner organization in Jakarta, The Gerhati Foundation, helped Edo to grow her profits, which she and her husband used to build a humble new home.

Narcisa began her journey out of poverty on the bed of a truck leaving Cono Sur, Peru. She was mistreated, alone and almost out of hope. Now she's a role model to her grandchildren and to others in her community. #TalentedMoms #MothersDay #Peru #microfinance #microcredit

Narcisa began her journey out of poverty on the bed of a truck leaving Cono Sur, Peru. She was mistreated, alone and almost out of hope. Now she's a role model to her grandchildren and to others in her community.

"My skill is in cooking food. It has been 20 years since I started and I have gained loyal customers," said Karuni in Indonesia.

How a Tight-Knit Family in Indonesia Outlasted Floods and Continued Building a Better Life

Phillip being asked silly questions by Hollie, as she interviews him using americanidol.com's camera. #idol

Phillip being asked silly questions by Hollie, as she interviews him using americanidol.com's camera. #idol

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