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Lighting the Path Enterprises

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Development, Nonprofit Management, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: Locally, nationally and internationally, Lighting the Path is using its skills to empower those in poverty and assist marginalized populations with education, skills training and supplies to help them help themselves. We travel to every corner of the globe to help women, children and families in need while respecting cultural differences, building self-reliance and maintaining dignity.

Results: We have trained a large number of women and assisted in the organization of a Women's Association with 18 women in the village of Kimini. We provided equipment and supplies, training and business skills to begin soap and lotion making production along with small business product marketing and management skills. This project has been very successful with the women earning a wage which enables their families to prosper.

Target demographics: Marginalized populations, women and teen girls in impoverished countries

Direct beneficiaries per year: women through trainng and micro-finance services and spent time in Africa teaching skills for small enterprise management to women

Geographic areas served: Africa, additional foreign countries, and St. Louis, MO

Programs: Women empowerment projects teaching women how to make handmade goods such as soap, sewing and weaving and training women in small business skills. We also use micro-finance and training to assist women in starting small enterprise

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michele134

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” - quote by Richard Attenborough - though often mis-attributed-to St. Mother Teresa - ...the quote's author though, matters not when realizing that it is but one extraordinary human being, ... Dawn Malcolm, who is quite literally the living epitome of all that these very assimilating words can possibly convey. - One can only be inspired by such dedication, hope, love, trust, all giving, teaching, education, selfless service to others as Dawn so passionately bestows on others - A phenomenal organization whose works need to be highlighted so that all can see and be 'moved' by this light in the world. A journey to be followed and emulated in all ways possible. - We are thankful to share and experience such a journey with Lighting the Path Enterprises.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunité to support Lighting The Path edducation initiatives by providing edducation text books sent to Burkina Faso. Dawn is doing an amazing job and she will continu to have my full support for the good of people.
David

Ruth74

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is our great pleasure to help facilitate Dawn Malcolm's work with the girls and women of Burkina Faso. She has inspired the women to reach for more. She has shown them by example that they can succeed.

Dawn works with the poorest of the poor, most of whom cannot read or write. And, we have watched in amazement as the women grasp the concepts and turn their efforts into a small business allowing them to send their children to school, to provide better nutrition for them, and to pay for needed medical care.

Thank you, Dawn, for bringing your heart for women and your expertise to our women in Burkina Faso!

Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am delighted to recommend Lighting the Path as a worthwhile cause. Dawn Malcom is doing wonderful things in Burkina Faso, Africa, by empowering women. She is planning to build a school for girls within the next few years. May God bless Dawn and her work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Dawn has invested her heart & soul into this cause! She is so genuine and cares deeply for her people!

Jeanette G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Delighted to know Dawn Malcolm and to see how God is using her through Lighting the Path to minister to the people of Burkina Faso. She is empowering the women there through the teaching of skills that will allow them to provide income for their families. Dawn's selfless outreach to these women will never be forgotten.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best works I have ever seen, period. This is the putting words into actions, "give a man a fish.....but teach him how to fish........ This organization is showing women how to earn a living where before they had nothing. Then the workers leave, they know they have left behind the ability for WOMEN to care for themselves and their children, and the children learn the value of learning.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lighting The Path Enterprises is a Christian based nonprofit that teaches women practical skills to make a living. It teaches women to love and help others as well as themselves, by being schooled and trained in ways to support themselves and their children. Dawn Malcolm researches ways that the women can make useful items to sell with readily available materials. She then travels to Burkina Faso to teach and train the women as well as to nurture and encourage them. They go to market together to sell the products that they have made. She then trains the women in dealing with the customers, handling money, honesty and life goals.

1 porkchopsmom1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dawn Malcolm, Lighting the Path - amazing God-gifted woman! She is empowering women of Burkina Faso, which is the third poorest country in the world, to learn numerous trades such as soap making, weaving, sewing, just to name a few trades. She is using the gifts God has given her. She is sharing the hope and love of Jesus. I have been to the villages and have met these women Dawn is empowering. Dawn Malcolm, Lighting the Path - her organization is so awesome and so vital to the lives of women. Hope. Love. Life.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dawn Malcolm of Lighting the Path makes trips to Burkino Faso to work with women there in order to show them how to make products to sell. She recently taught women to make soap to sell to help improve the lives of their families.They are shown many different ways to improve their lives. Dawn has taught deaf women sign language to better enable them to communicate. Lighting the Path is a wonderful organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization helping the people of Africa to better their lives.

Batrice

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very helpful humanitarian organization. People in Burkina Faso are getting some assistance with training and education.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dawn Malcolm of Lighting the Path makes trips to Burkino Faso to work with the needy families there showing them how to create things to sell enabling them to better support theirselves and their families. They are shown many different ways to make a better life for their families. It is a selfless act as there is no financial reward for her work, only the gratification for helping others, relying on her own financial resources. One example is a young woman who was deaf, but misunderstood by her friends and families, was shown how to communicate thru sign language by Dawn. Another example is a young woman whose arm was cut off by her husband, and Dawn is in the process of finding her a prosthetic arm, at Lighting the Path/Dawn's own expense. She has taken used baseball uniforms for the kids, only she can identify all the things she has done. She has traveled there even with the knowledge that there has been currently some unrest.

Shea W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen this organization do so many amazing things! I happen to know this woman and know she had dedicated everything, including building a business to only profit her non profit, to this organization and helping these people! It is truly inspiring to see God doing big things with only a few people's big hearts for Him and The people in Burkina Faso!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lighting the Path is doing great work empowering women in West Africa. Efforts to help women establish associations in villages and begin shea butter production are being successful and many women are benefiting. They are committed to their work and skilled at evaluating and developing empowerment projects to benefit those in need.