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Business Training in Nairobi — Train the Trainers

Transformational Ventures August 2016

36 Entrepreneurs Equipped:
Celebrating a Successful Business Training in Nairobi, Kenya!

Transformational Ventures congratulates each of these talented 36 men and women who worked hard to earn their business training certificate!  Each graduate completed a 30-hour, 16 session, interactive, Biblically-based curriculum.These entrepreneurs were equipped and empowered to start or grow their own business as they applied what they learned to continue to develop their new business idea or strengthen an existing business.
Special thanks to the hospitality and leadership team at Redeemed Gospel Church (in Embakasi, Nairobi) who hosted us!Our terrific team of twelve travelled from Colorado, Texas and Connecticut to work closely with each of these motivated men and women. The course involves extensive small group discussions with table facilitators, and we all enjoyed building relationships with our new friends around the tables all week long.

Fifteen of these leaders were also “trained as trainers” in order to take this knowledge back to their communities all over Kenya and Ethiopia. By the end of the week, a few of the […]

Typhoon Business Rebuilding – Final Wrap-up

Transformational Ventures July 2016 Newsletter

Years: 2.5
Lives transformed: 1,500+

 Final Wrap-Up of Post-Typhoon Business Rebuilding 
It’s been two and a half years since Typhoon Yolanda devastated the central region of the Philippines.  T-Ventures spearheaded the rebuilding of businesses destroyed, enabling over 1,500 people to get out of aid lines and back to earning a living.

Talk about a team effort!

Here are some of the players:

Visiting and local business people
WorldVenture missionaries
National pastors and community leaders
N. American churches and a British foundation
The T-Ventures community

What difference did we all make?

Hundreds of businesses were rebuilt, impacting over 1,500 people, six communities, multiple churches, and anti-trafficking work.
Injection of wage-earners back into the local economies
Restored confidence and dignity.
Increased church—community collaboration.
Revitalized spiritual lives, evidenced by new churches and growth of existing churches.
Increased local capacity, as leaders and community institutions were strengthened.
More, but you get the idea!

The impact is […]

Jobs for Mombassa Wommen – T-Ventures Jan 2016

January 2016 Featured Business

New Year. New Hope. New Growth.

Jenny Nuccio radiates hope.  And she shares her contagious hope with the 21 women she employs through ImaniXchange.  Make that 27.  They just hired 6 more, including a new country director to lead the city branch of IXC!

Jenny is a mover and a shaker.
And she’s moving and shaking all the way from Mombasa, Kenya to Dallas, TX to debut her new product line at the Dallas Market from
January 21 to 24, 2016.

Participating in the Dallas Market provides the opportunity for IXC to open up their wholesale market and make some significant growth strides.
IXC is also getting ready to move into a new workshop in Old Town Mombasa! They have begun renovations — and cleaning — (see photos below) and plan to move in February. You can help them make this place a beautiful, life-giving workshop for the women who will train and work here!

Melissa Schaap (T-Ventures) and a couple women from […]

From Typhoon to Triumph — Dec 2015


December 2015
From Typhoon to Triumph

As we celebrate our Savior’s birth, we also celebrate how His victory gives us and our partners around the globe hope and strength to press on through the storms of life.We are filled with joy to share this update from the Philippines.

Philippines Update: After the Typhoon…
Long Term Business Development

Over the past two years we have shared periodic updates about T-Ventures’ involvement following Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which devastated the central region of the Philippines in November of 2013.

First, we raised money for emergency relief.
Second, within three weeks, we started planning and raising capital (the Lord provided over $200,000!) for rebuilding destroyed businesses. With the help of Mark and Darlene from New Hampshire, hundreds of small businesses were relaunched through a loan/grant program.
Third, we are now in full swing of the final phase — long term business development.
(Learn more about our three-phase approach to disasters in this two minute clip:  Post-disaster Relief, Rebuilding, & […]

Kingdom Coffee- Aug’ 15

Kingdom Coffee
Got Coffee? Jordan and Marie Foote are WorldVenture entrepreneurs who have been working together with T-Ventures to launch a coffee business from the fertile grounds of Costa Rica’s volcanic soil. The quality coffee produced by local Costa Rican farmers comes from a world-renowned region for coffee and produces internationally-acclaimed beans.

The Foote’s vision is to be able to use their coffee business as training opportunity for locals to develop business skills that will ultimately enable them to reach the world with the Gospel. By sending self-sustaining Costa Ricans and Latinos into areas that have become increasingly difficult for westerners, (such as Southeast Asia and the 10/40 window), more individuals will be reached for Christ!

To learn more about the Foote’s journey and to sign up to receive information on when their coffee will be available in the US, visit their blog here. To learn more about Santamaría coffee, click here!


Mission Accomplished!- Jul ’15

 Hundreds of businesses re-launched!

In November of 2014, Typhoon Yolanda tore through the central Philippines and laid waste everything in its path – whole towns, homes, schools, churches, and businesses. T-Ventures joined WorldVenture’s rebuilding efforts and focused on re-starting small family businesses.
After about 15 months, we are reaching the end of the rebuilding phase. We will have final numbers in a couple months- but hundreds of small businesses have been re-launched. They include fishing, small farms, home-based stores, delivery services, commodities distribution, etc. Our collective work has helped thousands of people get their lives back on track.

All this activity was started by Mark and Darlene Godfrey, T-Ventures team members based in New Hampshire. Rather quickly, local business people took over and have done a great job running a compassionate, rigorous system.

The business re-start effort has been conducted for all residents in our target areas with no strings attached. We’ve simply been demonstrating the love of God in a […]

Trading Hope- Jun ’15

Recently Forbes magazine featured the import company that Transformational Ventures incubated and with which we still partner. Check out this article written by Anne Field and forward it to your friends!

Trading Hope is company where style meets substance, as they create sustainable change through enterprise. At T-Ventures, we partner with a number of US-based businesses to create jobs and bring transformation to underserved communities around the world. Find out more here!

Springing into Spring with Jibu- Apr’ 15

Think water. Think opportunity. Think outside the bottle.
Four years ago, The 1010 Project (acquired by Transformational Ventures in 2013) partnered with Redeemed Gospel Church in Nairobi, Kenya and Northside Christian Church in Houston, Texas, to dig a well. Having access to water has been an incredible asset to Redeemed, their school and the surrounding community!

The leadership at Redeemed saw the opportunity to turn this well into a water business.  To help them accomplish their goal, T-Ventures introduced them to Jibu, an innovative water company that has mastered the art of launching and maintaining sustainable water franchises in Rwanda, Uganda, DR Congo, and now—Kenya!

To propel this water business forward, we are raising the capital to install a purification, bottling and distribution system. Our goal is to raise $50,000. Help us reach our goal through a tax-deductible donation that will make this Jibu water franchise a reality-bringing safe and affordable water to […]

BAM Entrepreneurial Training – Oct ’14

BAM Entrepreneurial Training

At Transformational Ventures, we have created the BAM Entrepreneurial Training Association (BETA) and invite you to participate for free. This association is a community of business people using the material, continually improving it, and interacting with each other.
Please visit the web site and explore all BETA has to offer:

What is the BETA material?
Created by some amazing volunteers, the BETA material contains a complete set of lessons that T-Ventures is using to equip new and existing entrepreneurs for BAM work around the world. The BETA material provides training, case studies, and guidance for mentoring relationships that we have found necessary for providing a favorable foundation for starting a profitable Kingdom business. The BETA material targets the small and medium sized enterprises sector.
Most users of the BETA materials will probably be those who are training BAM entrepreneurs. However, a BAM entrepreneur may be able to utilize the material […]

Post-typhoon Update – Sept ’14

Post-Disaster Update: Rebuilding Businesses
We are well down the road in helping families in the central Philippines re-launch their businesses that were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan last November.
Here are some numbers that help illustrate what is happening in Northern Cebu and 3 surrounding islands, but do not do justice to the stories behind each number. The cool stories will have to wait for future updates.
Fishing businesses rebuilt & relaunched
Other family businesses restarted (Selling rice, tailoring, pig farms, guitar makers, and many more)
Coconut carving business launched
Massive amounts of work went into creating the infrastructure to assess situations, vet requests, set up disbursement and repayment systems, oversight and accountability, and reporting. Doing so on different, isolated islands added another layer of challenge.
We praise God for the local missionaries and pastors and the expat business people and donors who got this going and for the local business people, community developers, and pastors who […]

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