We believe that education is key and needed for youth and adults.
We believe that hand-outs can be helpful during urgent times, but training in self-sustaining entrepreneurship is the long-term solution to self-sustainability.
We believe that Jesus is the foundation.
Since 2006, Work for Life has equipped entrepreneurs to fight poverty. Through our practical business training, men and women learn to create profitable businesses that transform their communities. We have partnered with over 70 local advocates to multiply our impact across East Africa allowing us to reach tens of thousands of people.
In the last three years our reach has expanded from just over 100 students in 2016 to over 5,000 students in 2019. As we look ahead, our goal is to train 10,000 students ever year. This will have a total impact of 180,000 lives impacted each year.
John (left) and Elizabeth (rght) joined WFL with one business. Now, after completing the course, they have grown their one business into 4 different revenue streams, doubling the family income.
Azara has been able to transform her one unprofitable business into three profitable businesses. She has used her resources to adopt her newest daughter and is training women on how to start businesses.
We are asking friends to sacrifice beside us as we partner with Work for Life and bring business ownership training to a new level through our partners. A one-time or monthly will enable 1000 people to be trained in business ownership by the end of 2022 in Kenya. It costs $12 total to train one person over a 20-week course. Our goal is $12,000 committed total by September 3oth to cover the 2021-2022 need.
These students are a part of communities of learners who go through the training together and encourage each other in the launching of businesses in their communities.
83% of students who complete the training go on to increase their weekly net revenue within 6 months. On average, Work for Life businesses provides sustainability to three direct employees and a broader network of 18 friends and family connected to those employees.
The funding that you give goes directly to the trainers that lead these groups. They find the men and women that are already meeting together or start groups of 20-30 people. The young woman that we have hired full-time in Kenya to be the Work for Life Coordinator is Jacqueline Seleiyan. She is a firecracker. She is a leader. She went through the training last year with six others in Kenya and has been a part of training others weekly without a salary.
We have the structure in place where my good friend, Randy Wilson, leads the charge from the States and leads the leaders in Africa. We met at his office in Alabama earlier this year and talk weekly to encourage and strategically plan.
The reason this is so exciting to me is the far-reaching effect. It does not only impact the business owner. It impacts their family and those around them. It impacts the local church that they can give to. It stimulates the local economy. It provides education for children, access to healthcare, clean water, healthy food, and stable homes. When done well, business creation can solve many of the greatest physical challenges we see across Kenya.