"For every 1% increase in entrepreneurship,
there is a 2% decline in the poverty rate.”
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.
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.
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!
We are currently implementing the three stages of transformation with the following projects...