The name iZōsh comes from the Ethiopian language Amharic. It is a word that means many things, but can be explained as “compassionate support of a woman.” After reading the book Half the Sky a group of women from Huron Hills Church (HHC), in Ann Arbor, Michigan, started the ministry iZōsh to offer what its name represents.
More specifically, our mission states: iZōsh is a group of women dedicated to the economic empowerment of women globally who are living in extreme poverty. By giving micro-loans to these women we help them to lift themselves out of extreme poverty and reduce the risk of oppression and exploitation in their lives.
To achieve our mission iZōsh has created Events that are best described as a time to connect, learn, give, and celebrate the joy of empowering women. We would now like to share this ministry.
This application process is designed to be completed by a group of women who are willing and committed to forming an iZōsh Chapter at their church. iZōsh Chapters must be affiliated with a church, and a pastor or church board member must sign and review this application.
Please read through the application, focusing on the “Statement of Faith” and “Memorandum of Agreement.” Only move forward with the application if you, the group of women, and the church feel comfortable agreeing to those documents.
Thank you for your interest in iZōsh! We look forward to reading your application.