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MDUDUZI Wired in the depths of our soul is a desire to create, to build and to dream. The desire for a better life transcends culture, people and places. The pursuit of progress for entrepreneurs in South Africa is echoed by entrepreneurs in other countries across the African continent. This 2016 Paradigm Shift Annual Story provides a glimpse into that journey. Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, held up a pencil and simply said not one person is able to make a pencil on his own. There’s a constant interaction and interdependence between people, which makes its existence possible. The same can be said for Paradigm Shift. In 2016, we celebrate not our independence, but our interdependence. The African proverb is true, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” With an amazing Paradigm Shift team, we worked alongside incredible churches offering hope to entrepreneurs charting a new path forward. We developed local volunteer teams who gave of themselves to see those in their wider community grow. We witnessed the entrepreneurial drive and tenacity of single moms, foreigners, innovators, widows and orphans as they created a better tomorrow. I love the power of entrepreneurship. I love seeing a serving local church. I love that together, we are called to play a part of a bigger story in time— one of redemption. The noted apologist, Ravi Zacharias, says it this way, “Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.” The masterpiece is still in progress. The 2016 Annual Story is a reflection in time, giving honor to God and a look at things to come. By nature of you reading this, you are invested in this work in some way and with my deepest gratitude and thanks, may we celebrate together. Sincerely,
Jedd Schroy Co-Founder & Executive Director -2-
IMPACT 230 0
1 3 ,8 0 0 DEPENDENTS SUPPORTED BY ENTREPRENEURS
OF ENTREPRENEURS SUPPORT ORPHANS
INCREASE IN THOSE SAVING FOR THE FIRST TIME
AFRICAN COUNTRIES -3-
INCREASE IN BUSINESS REVENUE OF ENTREPRENEURS
INCREASE IN THOSE PURSUING GODâ€™S WISDOM IN LIFE
from our PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER LINDELWE MOYO On different occasions this year, our team had the chance to visit Paradigm Shift programs in East Africa. While traveling through Uganda and DR Congo, I listened to the personal stories of how lives have been impacted by entrepreneurship. For example, in Northern Uganda, where the effects of civil war have caused severe suffering and poverty, many felt compelled to start a business out of necessity. As entrepreneurs shared their lives with me, I felt both despair and surges of optimism in almost equal measure. My optimism stemmed from witnessing the incredible resilience displayed by entrepreneurs, and also at the opportunity for the local church to rise up and make a difference across Africa. Twenty-sixteen has been an incredible year of remarkable growth. Despite the many challenges associated with expansion into sub-Saharan Africa, our impact grew and we experienced many new opportunities in South Africa and across the continent. We responded to the multilingual nature of our continent by completing translations of the program into Swahili, French and Portuguese. This year for the first time, church volunteers and entrepreneurs received the Paradigm Shift offering in Mozambique, Burundi and Rwanda. Later in the year, we celebrated another milestone as we joined hands with three partner churches in Burkina Faso, giving us a presence in 11 African countries. Today, I believe we have the know-how and means to expand into more countries. In light of this growth, we will need to continuously support our partners in the best possible way. As such, I am looking forward to launching a new online platform, that will transform the way we serve partner churchesâ€”equipping them to develop a creative, cost-effective approach for their programs. This will undoubtedly have a positive effect and open new doors of opportunity for both church partners and entrepreneurs. While I am excited for the impact we have achieved so far, I am confident that 2017 will be an even more blessed year as God directs our steps and prospers our work.
W H AT D O E S I T TA K E T O E X PA N D AC RO S S
100 D AY S AWAY FROM HOME
140 FLIGHTS, BUSES & TA X I S TA K E N
50,000 KILOMETERS T R AV E L E D
40 S TA M P S I N PA S S P O RT S
214 MALARIA P I L L S TA K E N
PA RT N E R S
S O U TH AF R I CA
JOHA NNE SBU RG PIE TE RM A RIT Z BU RG DURBA N PORT E DWARD E AST LONDO N C AP E TOW N
PORT E LIZABET H K NYSNA
S O U T H A F R I C A C H U RC H PA RT N E R S CAPE TOWN Bay Community Church Common Ground His People Baxter Jubilee Shoreline S o m e r s e t We s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h S o m e r s e t We s t U n i t e d C h u r c h To k a i M e t h o d i s t DURBAN CAST Crusade for Christ Everfelt Spiritual Life Network G r a c e Fa m i l y C h u r c h Kloof Harvest Church O l i v e Tr e e Redpoint (COCA) Seed of Hope St. Elizabethâ€™s Anglican Church EAST LONDON Nahoon Methodist Church
JOHANNESBURG A g a p e Tr u s t Benoni Christian Business Community Cornerstone Church Grace Bible Church O n e Wa y C o m m u n i t y S e r v i c e s Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa Rosettenville Baptist Church Shofar Wo r d & L i f e KNYSNA Yo u t h f o r C h r i s t PIETERMARITZBURG Project Gateway YES Southern Africa P O RT E DWA R D Stotler Mission PORT ELIZABETH Scripture Union
BENONI CHRISTIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY Nontokozo - Food Stall
Tony & Anita - Convenience Stall
242 ENTREPRENEURS TRAINED
68% INCREASE IN REVENUE
Business Experience Course Graduates & Volunteers
When a group of local Johannesburg churches began joining together to pray every week, they slowly grew to become known as the Benoni Christian Business Community. With a passion to reach their local communities, this group of committed business leaders identified with the mission of Paradigm Shift, and BCBC has been one of our longest standing partners for over five years. They first began developing and discipling entrepreneurs
in one local community, and today have three different locations, with a fourth one possible in 2017. Their journey hasnâ€™t been easy, but BCBC has remained faithful in actively working towards seeing their communities rise above poverty. With a strong mentoring component in their program, their volunteers are committed to giving of their time and expertise to mentor, train and disciple entrepreneurs.
46% INCREASE IN MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE
58 VO LU N T E E R S G AV E OF THEIR TIME
R E B ECC A’ S STORY
THE JOURNEY OF A SINGLE MOTHER
ebecca had one thing that kept reverberating in her mind, always remaining at the forefront—an education. It was something she didn’t have the privilege of fully experiencing, but she wanted her daughter to have the opportunity to experience.
WITH THE INCOME THAT REBECCA EARNS, SHE IS ABLE TO PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR HER DAUGHTER AT A TOP UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH AFRICA.
A SINGLE MOTHER OF 3, REBECCA BECAME AN ENTREPRENEUR NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT HER FAMILY, BUT TO PUT HER DAUGHTER THROUGH UNIVERSITY.
Her daughter is thriving at university, and Rebecca hopes for a bright future, not only for her daughter, but for herself as well. Through Paradigm Shift, Rebecca’s mind has been opened up to the potential for her business.
For years she dabbled in a couple of different small businesses, until she finally found a niche—selling shoes. Rebecca travels six hours from her home in Johannesburg to Durban, to purchase quality shoes at a factory.
IN MARCH 2016, SHE WAS ABLE TO REGISTER HER BUSINESS, AND DREAMS OF BECOMING A SHOE WHOLESALER WITH HER OWN FACTORY.
She then brings them back to her community, and goes from school to school, selling them to families. She also has an area on the side of a busy road where she sells her shoes.
“The trainers are humble and they listen and explain things to give me a clearer understanding. They reminded me that God is with me always,” she says.
THE JOURNEY OF A FOREIGNER
outh Africa—for many across the rest of the continent, it is the pinnacle of hope for those seeking a better life. Chris moved from Nigeria to South Africa in 2003, looking for just that, more opportunity.
HE ARRIVED IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH NOTHING, BUT NEEDED TO FIND A WAY TO SURVIVE AND SEND MONEY BACK TO HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN. He started by selling sweets on the side of the road. This gave him enough to purchase a public phone that he offered his customers. Finally, he saved enough to purchase some tools, since he was good with his hands, and began to learn how to repair electronics. He put fliers up all around his community and started building a customer base.
CHRIS REGISTERED HIS COMPANY AS “NOBIS ELECTRICAL CENTER,” AND BECAME THE FIRST ENTREPRENEUR IN HIS COMMUNITY TO OFFER AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS.
But Chris realized his life was still empty, and in 2015, he became very ill. He went to doctor after doctor, spending more money than he had, and no one could tell him what was wrong. Until one day, he walked into Cornerstone Church. After all of his futile efforts with doctors, he was prayed for and miraculously healed.
THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE, CHRIS GAVE HIS LIFE TO GOD AND JOINED THE CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY. Not only did his spiritual life flourish, but he joined Paradigm Shift, and began to learn business principles to grow his company. He also received a mentor and a microloan. “They helped me to actually know what I was doing in life, because I was following the wrong ways in my marriage and finances. I learned how to make good use of my money as well as how to practice my faith,” he says. Chris hopes to purchase his own house soon, and continues to expand his business with faith and integrity.
CORNERSTONE CHURCH A
Paradigm Shift partner since 2013, Cornerstone Church has been continually committed to walking the long, sometimes difficult journey with entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and become leaders in their communities. This group of faithful volunteers strive to see long-term impact on individual lives, as they build relationships with entrepreneurs.
David & Noah - Clothing & Goods Shop
This year, Cornerstone focused on a deeper journey with a group of 23 entrepreneurs who they have been walking alongside for over a year now. These entrepreneurs have slowly begun to see the fruit of their hard work. Is it an overnight success? No! But the sweetness is in the grit and determination of these new friends and the volunteer team thatâ€™s in the arena cheering them on.
VOLUNTEERS G AV E O F THEIR TIME
Albert & Noreen - Preschool
THE POWER OF
MENTORING DEFINING MOMENTS ARE MARKED BY THE PEOPLE WHO ENTER OUR LIVES.
1100 HOURS GIVEN IN MENTORING ENTREPRENEURS
For entrepreneurs, a defining moment is when they receive a mentor. Paradigm Shift Mentors play a part of the unfolding entrepreneur story and come from diverse backgrounds. A mentor can be a conversationalist, a counter perspective, a cheerleader, a friend, a driving instructor, a business advisor, a prayer partner, a confidant, a marketing expert, a listener, a brother, a sister or a friend. Mentors from participating churches are giving of their time, knowledge and faith freely, not because they have all the answers, but because they see the potential amid the poverty.
MET WITH THEIR MENTEES ONCE A WEEK
Thea, Mentor and Abigail, Mentee
Paradigm Shift offers such hope and possibility. I would love everybody to have a mentor. You just have to walk a journey with someone. - Belinda, Mentor
I’ve been in the corporate world all of my life and my passion is adding value. My God-given purpose is to add value and use the skills and knowledge acquired as a way to make a difference. I want to pass it on to other people. - Pete, Mentor
B U L E LWA
S TA R T
“ I K N E W W H AT I WA N T E D B U T D I D N ’ T
B U S I N E S S T H AT H E L P E D H E R S U R V I V E ,
K N O W H O W T O D O I T. I T F E LT L I K E I
T O N O W B E I N G S E L F - S U S TA I N I N G . H E R
A LWAY S H A D A L O T O F Q U E S T I O N S , B U T
DREAMS ARE NOT SUPRESSABLE. WE’RE
I L E A R N E D S O M E T H I N G E V E RY T I M E W E
BOTH MOMS OF SMALL CHILDREN, AND
M E T. M Y D R E A M I S T O R U N M U LT I P L E
IT’S NICE TO BE ABLE TO WORK THINGS
B U S I N E S S E S A N D E M P L OY P E O P L E T O
O U T T O G E T H E R .”
- NAOMI, MENTOR
“It has been a privilege getting to know my mentee, Abigail. She is very passionate, dedicated and works hard. My life won’t be the same since knowing her. I received insight into being a single mom and an entrepreneur, and saw her perspective and faith in the Lord.” - Thea, Mentor
“I admire the entrepreneurs with their ideas and creativity. It’s amazing how they’re supporting their families as well as orphans. I received insight into their lives and families, and it helped me realize they weren’t just someone standing on the corner. I felt like I had actually been mentored by them.” - Jenny & Jürgen, Mentors
- B U L E LWA , M E N T E E
“My mentee, Shezi, is very energetic, self-driven, a good listener and has a feel for his business. You have to be very sensitive as a mentor, and help entrepreneurs see things themselves, rather than telling them. Then you have a platform on which to build.” - Rob, Mentor -12-
T H E J O U R N E Y O F A N I N N O VAT O R
hen Shezi noticed the lack of support and poor infrastructure for recycling in his community, a light bulb went off in his mind. Combining his passion with the need he saw in his community, his business Envirobuddies was born. From the beginning, his vision was to become the most reliable and efficient waste removal service provider in his community.
HE WANTED TO GET PEOPLE INVOLVED IN RECYCLING IN ORDER TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY AND CREATE EMPLOYMENT. On his small plot of land, Shezi recycles three tons of non-biodegradable waste weekly, and is quickly making his way to his goal of ten tons per week. But he doesn’t do it alone. Shezi fights poverty by providing work opportunities for others.
HE HAS 30 PEOPLE FROM THREE AREAS WHO ARE ABLE TO COLLECT AND SELL RECYCLABLE WASTE TO HIM.
Not only that, but in order to keep up with the work of cleaning, cutting and weighing materials, he employs five more people who assist him with the load.
“IT’S BEEN A TURNING POINT TO SEE PEOPLE BENEFITING FROM MY IDEA, AND HUMBLING TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE FAMILIES WHO ARE DEPENDENT ON THAT BIT OF INCOME,” HE SAYS. Many of Shezi’s endeavors were inspired through his experience with Grace Family Church’s Paradigm Shift program. In fact, it was so impactful, that he recruited 30 more entrepreneurs from his community, and helped pay for their travel costs to the program. Shezi went into his Paradigm Shift experience desiring to learn how to be a better innovator, but he finished realizing he already was, he just needed the right tools.
G R A C E F A M I LY CHURCH
Ndumiso - Dance Instructor
f there is one church that hit the ground running this year from the very beginning, it was Grace Family Church. When they first launched their Business Experience Course, so many entrepreneurs arrived that they had to split their program into two. They discovered how hungry their community was for this much needed training.
152 ENTREPRENEURS TRAINED
Nkululeko - Music/DJ Business
With a strong group of passionate trainers and mentors, Grace Family Church experienced incredible testimonies and impact. From physical healing to massive business growth and newfound relationships with Christ, the team was not only able to bring business training to entrepreneurs, but a restoration of dignity and futures filled with hope.
INCREASE IN REVENUE
NOW SHARE T H E I R FA I T H
VOLUNTEERS G AV E O F T H E I R TIME -14-
KLOOF HARVEST CHURCH
17 ENTREPRENEURS TRAINED
Nompumelelo & Phindile Seamstresses/Clothing Industry
loof Harvest Church strategically identified a community near their main campus to pour love, passion and people into. It first started with an innovative way of caring for orphans. Soon after, they planted a church and since 2013, Kloof Harvest has partnered with Paradigm Shift to develop entrepreneurs in order to stem the future tide of orphans and to see others in the community flourish in their new freedom. Since then, Kloof Harvest has been training, discipling and mentoring entrepreneurs from all over Dassenhoek. This year, the team invited
Kloof Harvest Module 4 Weekly Meeting
entrepreneurs back to deepen their foundations and by the end of 2016, these committed entrepreneurs graduated from their 36-week Paradigm Shift program and continue to see their businesses grow. Mentorship continues to play a vital role in seeing transformation take root in a lasting and vibrant way. Entrepreneurs are gaining new insight, improving business models, deepening their faith and in the process, mentors are gaining new perspective, unlocking new opportunities and looking at faith in action in a new light. The blending of these two is a joy to witness.
40% INCREASE IN REVENUE
100% ARE NOW BELIEVERS IN CHRIST
21 VO LU N T E E R S G AV E OF THEIR TIME
T H E J O U R N E Y O F A YO U N G E N T R E P R E N E U R
he sportswear industry—it felt like an impenetrable fortress that no local entrepreneur could touch, let alone compete with. Brands like Nike, Adidas and Puma dominated the market.
he begins to approach large retail stores. Sphelele got connected to Paradigm Shift at just the right time, receiving much needed guidance as he began building his business, particularly through his mentor.
BUT SPHELELE SAW THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY, A CHALLENGE TO BE CONQUERED. EVEN FROM HIGH SCHOOL, HIS VISION WAS CLEAR: BUILD HIS OWN SPORTSWEAR COMPANY.
“IT WAS MY FIRST TIME HAVING A MENTOR—A PERSON WHO COULD ACTUALLY ADVISE AND HELP ME IN WHATEVER WAY POSSIBLE,” HE SAYS.
Sphelele couldn’t wait to turn 18 years old. As soon as his birthday arrived, he rushed to register his business name so no one else would take it—Silverback Sports Apparel. This name represented the ethos of his brand. The gorilla is about unleashing the inner beast and heightening all of the senses.
WHEN SPHELELE MANUFACTURED HIS FIRST BATCH OF CLOTHING, IT SOLD OUT WITHIN THREE WEEKS.
Sphelele went through all 36 weeks of the Paradigm Shift experience at Kloof Harvest Church. At 19 years old, he now has a solid foundation on which to build his business. The task ahead will not be easy and competing with high level foreign brands will take time, but Sphelele is up to the challenge. “Taking the first step is hard, because you question yourself a lot and you aren’t too sure what the right step is, but it’s the most important thing you can do,” he says.
His goal for next year is to invest in marketing of his brand and to start selling online before
I N T E R N AT I O N A L PA RT N E R S
BEYOND SOUTH AFRICA
LOCATIONS I n 2 0 1 6 , P a r a d i g m S h i f t w a s o f f e r e d i n 1 1 d i f f e r e n t Af r i c a n c o u n t r i e s , a n d f i v e o f t h e 1 1 a r e n e w t h i s y e a r. W i t h t h e m o d e l n o w i n Fr e n c h , S w a h i l i a n d Po r t u g u e s e , d o o r s continue to open across the continent.
B U R K I N O FA SO
L I BER IA
K E NYA UGAN DA
DR CONG O
Z AMB IA Z IMBABWE
M OZA M BIQUE
SOUTH A F RICA
WHATâ€™S HAPPENING IN
GANDA HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE WORLD. FOR MANY IN THIS COUNTRY, STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS ISNâ€™T JUST A CHOICE, BUT A NECESSITY. As a new generation comes of age, there is a thirst for business training as many face the challenge of supporting themselves and their families.
Farming is one of the largest industries among entrepreneurs in Uganda; but many have additional businesses, in case poor weather destroys crops. Through a partnership with C3 Church Australia, Paradigm Shift has launched in six different cities across the country. These programs continue to thrive as entrepreneurs are equipped to grow their businesses.
KITG UM G ULU B ULISA MAS IND I
BWER A KAMPALA
UGANDAN CHURCH PARTNE RS C3 Church Bulisa C3 Church Bwera C3 Church Gulu
C3 Church Kampala C3 Church Kitgum C3 Church Masindi
N PLACES LIKE KITGUM, UGANDA, IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SURVIVE UNLESS YOU ARE AN ENTREPRENEUR. Farming is one of the main sources of income in Kitgum and the surrounding areas. However, because farming depends on the weather, one bad season can be detrimental to entire cities. Entrepreneurs such as Grace and her sister Evenlyn, are not only farmers, but have additional side businesses. Grace started her own sewing business in order to pay school fees and put food on the table for her 5 children. Her sister Evelyn went into the jewelry making business in order to support her 3 children, and 4 dependents. Both received business training and discipleship at C3 Church Kitgum through the Paradigm Shift program. They learned how to market their businesses, keep records and budget their money, as well as discovering how to trust God with their businesses.
“I NOW THINK AND DREAM SO MUCH BIGGER FOR MY BUSINESS!” GRACE SAYS.
BOSCO HAS BEEN IN THE TIMBER BUSINESS FOR FOUR YEARS NOW.
He first started with a farm, and used that income to start his timber business. He now owns a 40-acre pine tree forest and employs three people. Many of the business concepts he discovered at Paradigm Shift were new to him, but he is now able to put them into practice. When his two brothers passed away, they left behind their children to be cared for. Through his business, Bosco is able to support his nieces and nephews in addition to his own four children.
WITH FIVE CHILDREN AND NINE DEPENDENTS TO SUPPORT, AGNES AND HER HUSBAND NEEDED MORE INCOME.
So they started their own milk vending and cattle raising business. Since Paradigm Shift, their business has grown by 70%.
JINO HAS GONE FROM A ROADSIDE MAKESHIFT STALL TO OWNING A FREE STANDING SHOP HE BUILT HIMSELF OUT OF MUD AND COW DUNG.
When the war began in Uganda, he fled his home village, fearing rebel activities. He arrived in Gulu with nothing except a fourth grade education. When he couldnâ€™t find a job, he started his own business. With his income, he was able to take care of his ailing mother, support his children, and even build more huts on his land to rent out. He put into practice the business concepts he learned at Paradigm Shift, and even seeks out ways to give to those around him, from his own business success.
A SINGLE MOTHER WITH NO FAMILY SUPPORT, HARRIET NEEDED TO FIND A WAY TO SUPPORT HER TWO CHILDREN.
With limited education, no professional experience and a physical disability, finding a job proved to be difficult. But what Harriet did know how to do was take care of land, so she decided to give farming a try. Five years later, she owns a piece of land on which she grows maize and soy beans to sell in town, and employs two others. -22-
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A
VOLUNTEER? THE AIM OF EVERY VOLUNTEER IS TO LEVERAGE WHAT THEY KNOW ON BEHALF OF ENTREPRENEURS RISING ABOVE POVERTY, AND IN THE PROCESS OF GIVING, THEY RECEIVE.
550 VOLUNTEERS IN 2016
Extending across the church, city, country and African continent, we see volunteer teams embodying love and gratitude. Among them, there’s a deep desire to see others flourish in all that God has created them to be. Volunteers receive newfound appreciation, perspective, peace, passion and purpose. It’s not their motivation. They aren’t giving to get. It’s a kingdom principle they are experiencing. Here’s how they articulate it:
HOURS GIVEN TO TRAIN & DISCIPLE ENTREPRENEURS
Through the church, the knowledge and wisdom of God will be known. The church has a responsibility to reach its community, not just its spiritual needs, but a holistic outreach. - Pastor Malanda (DR Congo)
We are bringing something that the community lacks into their midst. We are bringing the solution to a problem. We are bringing restoration where there was death. Business is not only about making money, but empowering and transforming life. - Pastor Jose (Durban)
“I GREW UP WITH MY OWN SPECTRUM
“ I PA S T O R E D F O R F I V E Y E A R S I N S O U T H
O F W H AT I T H O U G H T P O V E R T Y WA S , B U T
S U D A N , A N D N O W FA R M T O M AT O E S A N D
L E A R N E D I T L O O K E D V E RY D I F F E R E N T. O V E R
ONIONS IN KITGUM, UGANDA. I LEARNED
THE YEARS MY CONFIDENCE PLUMMETED
B E C A U S E I A LWAY S WA N T E D T O G O I N T O
SHIFT THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR. SEEING
P U B L I C S P E A K I N G , B U T PA R A D I G M S H I F T
HAS MADE ME GROW LEAPS AND BOUNDS
B U S I N E S S E S R E A L LY I N S P I R E D A N D S P O K E
A N D R E S T O R E D M Y C O N F I D E N C E .”
T O M E .”
- BONNIE (JOHANNESBURG)
“At Paradigm Shift, the focus is on growing people into fulfilling their own potential, and just as they grow, so does each and every volunteer. Paradigm Shift has become the nucleus for me in sharing the Gospel and teaching business skills.” - Rory (Durban)
“When soldiers were deployed in our area [Gulu, Uganda] they raped women and spread HIV. The locals became hopeless and drank all day. Today however, they plant and have crops— entrepreneurship really brough us out of a tragic time.” - Newman (Uganda)
FA C I L I TAT I N G IMPROVE
PA R A D I G M IN
- EMMANUEL (UGANDA)
“What makes me excited is the church is becoming relevant and changing the mindset of people, and not looking to the government for help, but to the church. Life is not about money; we leave a legacy by plowing back into the community.” - Roney (Johannesburg) -24-
WHATâ€™S HAPPENING IN THE
N YO TA -25-
HE SIZE OF WESTERN EUROPE, THE DRC IS A COUNTRY RIDDLED WITH POVERTY, CORRUPTION, REBELS, VIOLENCE AND WAR. With the official unemployment rate hovering below 50%, Congolese entrepreneurs face obstacles of many kinds. But on the other side of the poverty and corruption, communities are filled with resilience, perseverance and hope, although it doesnâ€™t come without a fight.
In a country where the government offers little for entrepreneurs, the church is beginning to rise up. They have seen the need and are doing something about it. Two churches in Bukavu have taken hold of the Paradigm Shift model and are running with it, training entrepreneurs all across the city! This is only the beginning, as these volunteers continue to journey with entrepreneurs in expanding their businesses.
BUK AV U
DRC CHURCH PA RTNE RS C3 Church Bukavu International Evangelical Church
HE RAIN POUNDED ONTO THE METAL ROOF OF SIPHA’S FOUR SQUARE METER BRICK HOME. Wisps of steam created mysterious shapes that slowly disappeared into the air. The little bit of sunlight that remained, gently came through one small window, allowing Sipha to go about her daily tasks. As she sat on a small stool, her hands gently mixed her green vegetables in the wooden pot. Just yesterday, she set out on her second trip into town for the week, to purchase the goods she needed to run her business. With nine children to feed, seven of whom are in school, her husband’s small salary from being a motorbike driver wasn’t enough. So Sipha decided to start her own business. From onions and tomatoes to cassava and oil, Sipha sells a plethora of foods. She buys her goods in town and sells some of it to other local businesswomen in her village. Through her experience with Paradigm Shift, Sipha has learned how to properly save and budget her income, taking her business to the next level.
S I P H A’ S STORY
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TWO PASTORS CATCH THE VISION OF TRAINING ENTREPRENEURS?
C 3 B U K AV U
Businesses all across the city begin receiving the training they have desperately been looking for. In Bukavu, when Pastor Malanda of C3 Church and Pastor Emmanuel of International Evangelical Church caught this vision, not only did they reach entrepreneurs in their own local communities, but they took the training all across the city.
ESPÉRANCE SITS IN HER SMALL CONTAINER, HANDING CUSTOMERS THINGS LIKE BREAD AND SMALL PORTIONS OF SUGAR.
She has been in business for over 15 years. A mother of 8 children, it hasn’t been easy. She began with nothing, and now not only has her own shipping container, but hopes to expand with another one in different part of the city.
MARGARET STEPPED ONTO THE BUS, READY FOR THE FAMILIAR FOUR-HOUR ROUTE AHEAD OF HER.
Twice a week, she takes this bus from Bukavu, DR Congo, to Burundi, in order to get cheaper goods to sell. She also travels to Tanzania to purchase less expensive stock of dried fish. With eight children of her own, and a husband who is currently unemployed, she decided to start her own business. Three years later, she still struggles, with limited capital to work with. But through Paradigm Shift, she was able to learn basic concepts like how to calculate her profit, as well as how to budget and save.
WITH SIX CHILDREN, THE INCOME NYOTA’S HUSBAND WAS BRINGING IN JUST SIMPLY WASN’T ENOUGH.
N YO TA
But with no capital, Nyota’s options for opening her own business were limited. So Nyota did what she knew how to do—sew. Through her tailoring, she raised enough capital to open her own convenience shop. Now she owns a free standing shop and is able to sell things like rice, maize and cassava. In the future she hopes to find a better location to expand her customer base.
HOW DOES ENTREPRENEURSHIP AFFECT
WIDOWS & ORPHANS?
N COUNTRIES WHERE THE WORDS “REBELS” AND “WAR” EVOKE STRONG EMOTIONS AND TRAGIC REMEMBRANCE, MANY WIDOWS AND ORPHANS ARE LEFT IN THE WAKE OF DESTRUCTION. In addition to their own children to support, it is not uncommon for most families to have additional dependents to care for—many of whom are AIDS or war orphans. At Paradigm Shift, the average number of dependents for each entrepreneur is six. This means entrepreneurs are not only working to put food on the table for their biological children, but often many more.
YA S I N D A
Some of the strongest and most driven entrepreneurs at Paradigm Shift are widows. In cultures where widows are looked down upon, these are women who are determined not to be reduced to begging on the street corner. They sacrifice everything they have as the sole earner of the household in an effort to provide for their children and give them the best life that they can.
’VE BEEN A WIDOW FOR 34 YEARS AND MY HUSBAND WAS KILLED BY REBELS. IF I DIDN’T KNOW JESUS, I WOULDN’T HAVE MADE IT.”
Every day Paula sits at her little stall in a busy market, selling vegetables. Although her five children are grown, she supports nine dependents. She started her business so she could create more space to live. She wants the children she cares for to have a place to stay that is big enough.
ONIKE BECAME A WIDOW IN 1996 WHEN HER HUSBAND WAS SHOT BY REBELS IN DR CONGO.
She was left with 5 children and a house she couldn’t manage alone. Her family gave her a small loan, and she was able to start her own business—a salon. She now employs three other people, is saving and wants to handle her business with faithfulness and integrity.
VERY HOUSEHOLD IN THIS AREA SUPPORTS DEPENDENTS, IT’S JUST NORMAL HERE IN UGANDA.”
Margaret is the mother of four boys, and supports five more dependents, all of whom are orphans. Although they both had jobs, her and her husband decided to start their own business, so they decided to start a print shop. Margaret is also passionate about reaching her city, and leads Paradigm Shift at C3 Church Kitgum.
ALIMA LOST HER HUSBAND TO AN ILLNESS A YEAR AGO AND WAS LEFT WITH FOUR CHILDREN TO SUPPORT ON HER OWN.
A family member gave her a $100 loan and she started her own business selling cool drinks. Now she employs three others and is working towards putting her children through school. “In our society a widow is disregarded, but I must not rely on begging, I won’t let this keep me down,” she says. -30-
W H AT ’ S A H E A D I N O U R GOAL I S TO I G NI T E T HE C H U RC H TO T RANS FO RM A F R I C A’S ENT REP RENEURI A L POOR. That dream is too big for Paradigm Shift to do alone. Through our interdependence with amazing partners, we’ve achieved more together than we could on our own. This year, we are incredibly grateful to our friends who believe in this mission and wanted to honor their contribution in seeing this year be one of the best we’ve ever had.
A S P EC IA L T HANKS TO: Jedd Medefind • Rachel Medefind • Roy Johnston • Brett Furlong • Mike Peterson • Jedd Schroy • Janelle Schroy • Michelle Lenk • Lindelwe Moyo • Samara Brandao • Tamara Breytenbach • Duane Povey • Marieke du Plessis • Bianca van Blerk • Zehnda Wessels • Crossroads Church • New Life Church • National Community Church • Turning Point Church • Excellence in Giving • Joe and Gail • Mergon Foundation • Intelligent Philanthropy • Overstreet Foundation • Willow Creek Association
2017 Southern Africa • Batterii • Alpha Course SA • Barnabas Fund • Preferred Future • CAST • Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa • Global Development Group • C3 Australia • C3 East Africa • C3 West Africa • Financial Supporters • Strategic Advisors • Prayer Partners • Church Partners • Church Leaders • Volunteers • Entrepreneurs • And to God for his love and his light that illuminates our path. In 2017, we are working towards greater collaboration with church networks and strategic partners to accelerate the local expression of Paradigm Shift in South Africa and beyond. To help make this a reality, we will be rolling out an entirely new training platform that will widen our impact and ability to serve churches that are geographically distant from one another. Entrepreneurs will be able to connect with Paradigm Shift partners in their mother language whether it be Zulu, English, Swahili, French or Portuguese. We’ll continue to see churches respond to the poor in their communities with dignity and a witness that God has created them with a purpose and a destiny and it’s their time to rise up and seize the day.
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Paradigm Shift's 2016 Annual Story