Southern Asia-Pacific Division
A unique microcredit project is one of the latest efforts undertaken by the Southern Asia-Pacific Division ASI. The project provides minor loans to small, mostly female-owned businesses in the Philippines. Such loans allow the recipients to firmly establish and expand their businesses as well as provide adequate care for their families. The microcredit project is being conducted in cooperation with local Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership, and outreach efforts through the project have resulted in more than 70 baptisms. Plans are now in the works to expand the microcredit project to more than 10 times its current size over the next three years.