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Empowering Change
Join the Journey is a Christ-centered empowerment organization that seeks to uplift entrepreneurs facing extreme poverty by providing small loans and business coaching. Click the video to hear more about how we do this and how lives are being truly transformed through this process.
Adam Cole
Christ-follower – On Mission to Uplift the Poor
Arlington, Virginia

Our history

JTJ formed in 2009 as a storytelling organization which sought to inspire others to live out a calling of Jesus toward compassion. The focus shifted to Haiti when founder Adam Cole served in the earthquake relief efforts with the U.S. military and returned in September 2010 with JTJ. On that 2010 trip, he came in contact with the needs of the tent village of Capvva, a camp of displaced and homeless Haitians. JTJ spent a decade in Haiti helping that village, whose residents later moved to a more permanent community in the mountains. JTJ discovered the power of micro-loans in its early work in Haiti and has since deployed similar models in the Philippines and Cameroon. It now exclusively works in Zambia with a goal of helping 1,000,000 people rise out of poverty there by 2025.

Lending as empowerment

We believe in a hand up, not a hand out. Our micro-lending program provides small loans—usually the equivalent of $200—so that individuals may begin businesses to realize increased wages and in turn feed their families. This includes selling daily necessities like soap and shampoo, to drinks and snacks, to raising livestock. Follow our latest updates on our entrepreneurs currently in the program.

Partnering for Discipleship

We recognize that as a faith-based organization centered on Jesus it is critical to partner with the local church to minister to spiritual needs in parallel with our empowerment efforts to help physical needs. In Zambia, we are partnered with House of God Ministries led by Pastor Emmanuel Lusumpa. The church is based in the center of Chawama and is a true light to the community.