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Material and Spiritual Impacts of the Pandemic
Manna Microfinance Adjusting Activities
Manna Microfinance staff have started to work with more field activities in the morning and office-based work in the afternoon because during lockdown, the government are recommending that organisations work half days.
Otherwise, Manna is still active as normal. The field staff are attending visits to support groups, administer loans and collect repayments. However, there are signs that nationwide restrictions are starting to take their toll. South Sudanese schools have closed so extra time taken caring for children could affect businesses. Furthermore, women are not able to work to their full potential – most of the sales for those who own shops are usually around 7-9pm and the government-imposed curfew to encourage social distancing begins at 8pm. Hairdressers and those providing non-essential goods like clothes and beauty products are going to be affected as the country enters a period of economic emergency on top of having one of the weakest economies in the world.
Please pray for the staff running Manna Microfinance in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. The project coordinator, Martin Jogoh, sadly recently passed away from an unrelated, long-term illness so please pray especially for his family.