Generous in enlarging others
“What vision do you have for your business and where do you see it 10 years down the line?” I asked Hellen when we visited her school in Dandora two weeks ago. Hellen has gone through the EPTF Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP); first the Entrepreneurship training, followed by a six months mentoring and now the subsequent support services.
“Mine is not just an ordinary business, it’s a school with a difference. These children you see here I reach out to their parents as well. When parents come here with issues I counsel them so that they are able to keep their children in school. I have helped some of the parents to start a table banking group so that they are able to save money regularly for school fees and other needs. 10 years down the line I want this school to be in my own land, not a small rented premise like where we are now. I want us to have enough space for these children to play and learn. I want enough space for me to meet with the parents and hold seminars for them. Right now I have 85 children I want to have 100 times more. This will be my school 10 years down the line”.
“My vision? That is not an easy question to answer but I have this picture in my mind; children in the low income areas (call them slums) accessing quality education and other learning facilities that will enable them become the best that God created them to be. I see these children growing to influence others positively in the society.”
Our vision of ‘Empowered Kingdom Minded Entrepreneurs Transforming Communities’ cannot be demonstrated in a better way. We desire to develop and nurture many “Hellen’s” who will do what we cannot do and reach where we can’t reach. Who will not only be focused on building profit making ventures, even when they have an opportunity to, but will instead appreciate that a business can only grow as fast as the society that accommodates it.
This year my prayer for Hellen and all our entrepreneurs is 2 Corinthians 9:8-11;
“8.And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10.Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
11. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
As we empower many; both in the urban and in the rural, we will go far and wide in this country to enable Kenyans not only put food on the table but increase their incomes for improved livelihoods-my prayer is that for these Kenyans “the harvest of their righteousness will be enlarged so that they can be generous in enlarging others”.