Union Church 1K Micro – Loan Economic Justice Mission

You are invited! Fellowship time with entrepreneur Sandra Okiror, Feb. 4th after worship.

What does God’s Economy look like?

That was the question posed at the Union Church 1K Bible Study series in 2015, in response to the 1K Churches Campaign launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012.  Here at UCW, we have taken our first steps toward “building just, faithful, and transformative economic relationships between churches and their communities that reflect what we believe God’s economy to be” by making loans to two small businesses in the greater Lowell area.

Our first loan was made to Sandra Okiror, owner of Wham’s Café in Lowell.  

Sandra grew up in Kenya, and emigrated to Canada to attend university where she studied entrepreneurship.  Sandra has revived Wham’s Café on a corner (with parking!) in Lowell, just across the river from UMass.  This iteration of the Café grew out of a catering business that Sandra began by circulating leaflets at church receptions in her Lowell neighborhood.  She operates the Café with her older daughter, and serves inexpensive Kenyan foods while also building community with her customers.  It was one of her customers who introduced Sandra to our 1K initiative.

Sandra will be sharing worship and fellowship with us on Sunday, February 4th.  Anyone interested in learning more about Sandra, her approach to community-based business, or her charitable work on behalf of schools for disabled children in Kenya is welcome to join her after church on the stage for informal conversation.

In the weeks leading up to Sandra’s visit, signup sheets will be available for any who would like to take a trip to dine together at Sandra’s restaurant, Wham’s Café in Lowell.  We promise it will be a memorable experience.