Skills and Business

"For every 1% increase in entrepreneurship,
there is a 2% decline in the poverty rate.”

Skills & Business Training

We believe that the gospel of God’s Kingdom carries the power to transform lives. Our goal is to provide the help needed to move both individuals and communities into long-term sustainability, not dependence upon any outside source.

One of the primary ways that we accomplish this goal is through our various Skills and Business Development courses. Each of those courses have three stages:

RESCUE

 
ONE: Rescue

Impact Nations has trained over 500 of some of the most vulnerable members of society since 2008. Whether it be pregnant teenagers on the streets of Uganda, gang members facing a life of violence and crime, widows struggling to make it in India, girls at risk of being trafficked from Nepal, or prostitutes in Kenya with no other way to feed their children, Impact Nations is bringing hope to the hopeless.

In many cases, we are able to provide a safe place for women to escape the streets or an abuser. We provide ongoing counseling and introduce them to a life in Christ. One of our founding board members, Christina Stewart, provides retreats in which these women are able to discover that they are loved by God and He has made them for a purpose.

RESTORATION

 
TWO: Restore

When they begin, most of our students have very little education, and many can’t read or write. Our curriculum is designed to provide them with marketable skills that will fill them with confidence and help them find employment. Our skills development programs include sewing, hairdressing, soap making, catering, party decorating, graphic design, web development, and more.

Using curriculum provided by our partners, Alternativ, we incorporate basic business training into our skills development programs. This curriculum was specifically designed for use in the developing world among those with limited literacy. Students learn important principles such as market research, personal savings, and budgeting.

RELEASE

 
THREE: Release

Upon graduation, many of our students receive a small loan so that they can pursue their dream of becoming fully self-sufficient. The basic business curriculum equips students to prepare a simple business plan that considers their target market, competition, projected expenses and revenue, etc. Small loans are granted once a student has completed their business plan.

Others enter the job market, fully trained with a specific skill, carrying a newfound confidence that has come from job placement opportunities during their training. Some of our training programs include small businesses that are able to provide employment for a few of the graduates.

Whether they are starting their own business, seeking employment, or even returning to a formal education, graduates continue to receive ongoing coaching and encouragement. We are seeing stories of desperation turn into stories of inspiration!

MEET KATIE

When we met Katie, she was sleeping in a dilapidated house made out of old iron sheets. Her family had chased her away from home when she gave birth. She was forced to stay with the father of her child but he disappeared after just one month leaving Katie and her daughter in a rented house.

Katie couldn’t afford to pay the rent; her landlord took the few household items she had and threw her out of the house. Katie was homeless for a few days until she found some old iron sheets to erect a temporary shelter. Whenever it rained, Katie would hold her child and stay standing all night because her “house” flooded.

Katie heard about our partners, The Remnant Generation, through a friend. She came to their offices and asked to join the School of Purpose. But after their social workers conducted the home visit, they realized she also needed to be rescued; she was brought to the Princess Shelter with her baby.

Katie is now learning tailoring as her main course. She has also been working hard in the catering class and crafts making class.

Recently, the girls came up with an idea to sell crafts at local churches each Sunday. They have been working hard to make beautiful pieces. Katie always has the highest number of pieces. Her hard work is paying off. Every time they are ready to split the profits, she gets paid more than anyone else.

Katie is also very active in catering. She and a group of five other students are providing catering services. Our Business Development Manager identifies opportunities for these girls to do business and the feedback from clients has been very good. The girls recently secured their first major venture, catering a wedding with over 300 guests!

Katie’s dream is to start a restaurant that also provides outside catering services. She also wants to develop her fashion design skills. She wants to give her baby a beautiful future.

Featured Projects

We are currently implementing the three stages of transformation with the following projects...

Elevate Computer Program

  • The Era92 Elevate program's...

    sole purpose is to empower youths-at-risk in Uganda through skilling them in Design, Arts and Technology, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Sustainable Development.

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School of Purpose

Crisis Pregnacy Medical Costs

Uganda Micro-Loans

  • In 2018, Impact Nations...

    conducted our first ever small business training course in Kampala, Uganda. 36 students were inspired and empowered to become self-sufficient.

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India Sewing School

  • In many parts of India, ...

    women are believed to be second class citizens. 1 out of 4 women suffer from domestic violence, and 1 out of 5 will be raped at least once in their lifetime.

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Skills & Business Development

  • At the heart of everything we do...

    is making disciples.  Everywhere we go, we are always preaching the Gospel and planting churches.  We partner with local leaders to help connect new believers with Christian communities.

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