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The poor don’t need charity. They need someone to help them use the gifts God has given them. Paradigm Shift trains volunteer teams to provide a holistic economic development outreach targeting microentrepreneurs working themselves out of poverty.
The Business Experience Course
The Business Experience Course (BEC) is the first step, and the foundation for transforming impoverished communities, opening the door for discipleship.
Who can run the BEC?
Any church, business or small group/forum.
How many volunteers are required?
Only six qualified volunteers are needed.
How long is the first initial training?
One, eight-hour day, usually a Saturday.
What is experiential learning?
What happens when you put 30 people in a room and teach them for eight hours? The amount of information they will retain is likely to be pretty limited. However, the Paradigm Shift model is interactive, utilizing experiential-learning methodology, in which learning happens through simulations, discussions and exercises.
Every session incorporates several discussion questions, allowing entrepreneurs to talk through different concepts.
We learn by doing. The BEC incorporates a Business Game, simulating a real life business month and budget.
Entrepreneurs are constantly interacting with each other and volunteers throughout the BEC, utilizing different exercises.
In a room full of fellow small business owners, entrepreneurs are able to discuss business concepts and gain new perspective.
Find out more details about how Paradigm Shift works!
Meet Paradigm Shift Volunteers
There’s a quick knock at my door, and Kandoro pops his head into my office. I grab my jacket, not even glancing at the clock. It wasn’t always like this. I remember our first meeting. I sat, waiting for him, watching the steam rise from my coffee.
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I stood beside her hospital bed, scarcely recognizing the emaciated woman lying against the white sheets. She was a shadow of the woman I’d met just one year earlier. But when she spoke, I realized that disease may have wreaked havoc on her body, but her spirit was as strong as ever.
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It’s midday as I walk through this community, the tires of taxis stirring up the dry ground into small puffs of dirt. The streets are lined with hair salons, repair shops and meat stalls. When I first visited this community, I only saw hopelessness.
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