Update April 2018

Update April 2018

Coffee shops and Tea shops,Goat Farms and Chicken Farms, Caterers and Food trucks, Tailoring Training and Primary Schools are some of the varied businesses we are involved with. We visited our different enterprises in Asia in early 2018 and participated with our partners in a Business Conference in Chiang Mai Thailand, where 7 businesses were launched or partially funded.

In India, one of our partners, Sahayak Hath has partnered with ACE to launch a tailoring class to equip needy women with skills to start their own tailoring business.We were delighted to find out that one of their young ladies trained by ACE not only  started a beauty parlor but is also training other girls with these skills”. Unfortunately, the Chicken Farm launched in India had to close down and we are looking at other options for sustainability. The Furniture Business in PNG is getting licensed and registered while the Goat Farm faced some setbacks with its meat shop and is changing its strategy.

Meanwhile, we are actively coaching 5 different entrepreneurs and gearing up for the Business as Missions Event in Vancouver in June and the one later in October in Seattle. We also continue to travel and envision people with a passion for transformation and poverty alleviation using business. In Western India, we had 14 different NGO staff take basic training in developing a proof of concept for new startups that ranged from preschools to piggeries. Students in our partner School in Singapore were encouraged to pursue social impact and incorporate Sustainable Development Goals into their Business Plans.

An Impactful Partnership

We are partnering with an organization that has been developing Entreprenuerial Impact Training in India, Chile, China, Dubai and Singapore (with students from China and for Africa). Through these schools, students learn how to develop a business plan and at the end of 6 weeks, the students present their plans to a panel of trainers and business leaders. ACE has been apart of these courses and is working to set up “Investment Teams” to partner with these emerging businesses in places of great need and poverty. We recently helped run a course in Australia where we had almost 20 students from Papua New Guinea. The students commented on how helpful these two weeks were and that it gave them great hope and skills to start businesses for development in their country. They have begun working on their business plans which include a ‘furniture making business’, in Papua New Guinea, a Chicken Feed business and a Palm Oil and Cocoa exporting business.

Chicken Farming – Satara

Chicken Farming – Satara

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.