In August 2010, the Holistic Community Development program was started with the help of Jack and Pam Callahan from Charleston, SC. The heart of the program has been from the beginning to give support economic development within our community by equipping microbusiness owners to better manage their businesses and support their families. Some examples of microbusinesses that LAMB participants own are tortilla making, roasting nuts, selling shoes, and making coat hangers. The program strives to serve the whole person and the whole community reaching beyond financial aid to include spiritual and psychological services as well as educational services such as a literacy program.
The original expression of this program was a microcredit program that gave small loans to business owners. We have since adapted the program to better serve the needs of our community. The program is now a savings based model that includes training on various aspects of business management.