In 2016, ACE conducted a short business training seminar with local NGO Sahayak Hath. One of the young ladies attending, later took a loan form the NGO founder of $400 and started her own Beauty Parlour. She was able to pay this back within a year and is able to support herself and her family. Today she is also training several young ladies associated with Sahayak Hath and helping them gain long term skills for sustainability.
Schools as Social Entrepreneurship. There is a desperate need for quality education in many areas of the world and the huge costs involved in building facilities and recruiting trained teachers, stump the most passionate educators. Entrepreneurs and Social activist Decent and Nadia in Malawi, are using some of these ideas in setting up a new school called “Extending Hope”.
Started last September in their home with a building plan begun on a nearby piece of land. This school already has 42 students( paying fees) and has had to turn away students while they look for an immediate investment of $20,000 to expand to three classrooms. Their vision of the school as a sustainable business that grows to support other social initiatives is an intentional move away from western funded NGO models that are caught up in a never-ending fundraising cycle.
Extending hope has 3 trained, passionate teachers making a difference in the lives of the children they teach. Their vision is to grow incrementally and build a sustainable model that can multiply. They are working with a business coach to finalize an initial business plan to complete a facility that will house the first five grades.
Two years ago, we were able to connect with a retired business leader who had built up successful Chicken Farm and Processing Plant. He then partnered with Ace to help an entrepreneur in western India start a Chicken farm. They did three batches of 5000 chickens, hiring 3 full time and about 5 part time people. Unfortunately a problem with flies in the Monsoon season was not properly resolved and the local council ordered it closed down. We are continuing to work with the entrepreneur as he considers options to start a new business or build up his existing goat farm. Meanwhile the local council working with a water conservation NGO is renting out the vacant facility.