Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
On Friday, November 18th, the Swarthmore Christian Fellowship (SCF) will host MyFight, an organization that uses microfinance loans to support and encourage entrepreneurial efforts in Honduras and Ethiopia, and Tim Be Told, a Christian music group, at The Stand: “A free concert with global impact.”
Tim Be Told will perform in Upper Tarble from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is free but donations to MyFight are encouraged. The Stand “is our way of giving the community an outlet to become more involved in outreach to less fortunate people and areas […] And you get to hear a great Christian band,” Briani George ’15, a member of SCF, said.
Through T-shirt sales and donations, MyFight provides microfinance loans to Hondurans and Ethiopians that average about $250 and which have a repayment rate of 98.2%. These loans allow recipients to start businesses that can potentially generate long-term, sustainable wealth, which in turn will fight poverty via education and increased opportunities for advancement.
Tim Be Told was formed in Charlottesville, VA and has released two albums since 2007. The group reached out to the SCF, which had been considering hosting an event on campus, as it was going on a tour of colleges in the northeast in November.
Andrew Cheng ‘12, President of the SCF, believes that MyFight is an appropriate group to come to Swarthmore as “students care about issues of social justice” According to Cheng, “MyFight is an organization that highlights some eye-opening realities about what is happening in the world.”