Everybody Loves Doughnuts

When Esther was 20 years old, she lost both of her parents in a civil war in Burundi, and her community was wiped out. A few years later, Esther and her husband are trying [...]

February 14th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The Effect of Empowering One Entrepreneur

With millions of people working to rise above poverty worldwide, sometimes we can feel like our time, efforts and resources are just a drop in the bucket. But that is not the case. When [...]

January 31st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

What Are YOU Doing At Four Every Morning?

Four o’clock in the morning. It’s a time that for many of us, we are fast asleep still. But for others like Nthabi, it’s the time her alarm goes off for the start of her [...]

January 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The Christmas Gift of Employment

“I like business, I like savings and I like helping people. Now it’s December—it’s festive and it’s a busy time for my hair salon, which means I can create jobs for other people. I [...]

December 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How Do You Support 13 Children?

Ezmana and his wife have 13 children, and he decided to start his business back in 2007. Previously, he was in the palm oil industry, one of Burundi’s main exports. The money he was [...]

November 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Single Mom Who Became an Entrepreneur in One Year

As a single mother, living in one of the poorest countries in the world, Shella wanted to provide the best life that she could to her little girl. For ten years she worked in [...]

October 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Give Power Back to East Africa

A refugee from the war torn country of the DR Congo, Walama fled to Western Uganda in search of a more stable life, where she and her husband began to build a home together. [...]

September 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Hurry Up and Relax

For entrepreneurs living in Uganda, life comes at them from all angles.  Between trying to support their families, sending their children to school, putting food on the table and running a business, there isn’t [...]

July 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Can Business Help Solve Problems in a Community?

Alone, they could only do so much. Together? They were able to face challenges head on. This was the mentality of a group of 30 individuals in rural Zimbabwe. In a country in which unemployment [...]

July 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How the Poor Get Out of Debt

Debt. It’s a dark cloud that hangs over both the wealthy and the poor—a cloud that once there, proves challenging to escape. The wealthy often will go into debt over unnecessary luxuries. The poor? [...]

June 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How Does One Business Support 50 Children?

Victor started his business only three years ago in Harare, Zimbabwe. While his background is in marketing, he saw a huge gap in the construction market that wasn't being filled, not only in Zimbabwe, but in [...]

June 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Highly Educated Unemployed of Zimbabwe

“Zimbabwe, an economic powerhouse at independence in 1980, and still with the highest literacy rate, has suffered economic collapse over the last two decades with unemployment estimated at over 90 percent.” - All Africa [...]

June 1st, 2017|Blog|3 Comments

Why the Church in Burundi is Desperate for Change

At the end of 2016, Paradigm Shift celebrated expanding into 11 African countries, thanks to our incredible church partners across the continent. Going from a predominately South African based organization, to a pan African [...]

February 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

5 Reasons Why Fighting Poverty Is Worth It

1. Extreme poverty is declining worldwide. Really, it is! In fact, in a recent New York Time’s article, Nicholas Kristof reminds us that according to the World Bank, 250,000 people rise above extreme poverty every [...]

February 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How One Community Changed the Lives of Five Entrepreneurs

Jerome stood in front of several tables full of eager entrepreneurs. “Hasty shortcuts lead to poverty but hard work leads to prosperity,” he said as he referenced the visual hanging on the wall. The entrepreneurs in [...]

January 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

5 Things That Make Paradigm Shift Unique

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January 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Story Behind Our Entrepreneurs of the Year

David and Noah Ogundipe were nominated as the 2016 Paradigm Shift Entrepreneurs of the Year. Like countless other entrepreneurs, their story begins with unemployment. After leaving their home country of Nigeria, they came to [...]

January 13th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

The Journey of a Foreigner

South Africa—for many across the rest of the continent, it is the pinnacle of hope for those seeking a better life. Chris moved from Nigeria to South Africa in 2003, looking for just that, [...]

December 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Journey of a Young Entrepreneur

The sportswear industry—it felt like an impenetrable fortress that no local entrepreneur could touch, let alone compete with. Brands like Nike, Adidas and Puma dominated the market. But Sphelele saw this as an opportunity, [...]

December 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

2016 Award Winners

Every year, Paradigm Shift takes the time to recognize and appreciate some of the amazing individuals who have given of their time, talents and resources throughout the year. From Point Persons, volunteers and church partners who [...]

December 20th, 2016|Blog|4 Comments

The Journey of a Single Mother

Rebecca had one thing that kept reverberating in her mind, always remaining at the forefront—an education. It was something she didn’t have the privilege of fully experiencing, but she wanted her daughter to have [...]

December 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Supporting Orphans Through Entrepreneurship

This week, we celebrate World Orphan Day. All across Africa, we see the tragic effects that poverty, war, famine, displacement and disease has on families, leaving many orphans behind. This week, we are bringing attention to [...]

November 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

When a Disability becomes an Opportunity

by Michelle Lenk I don't belong.   Harriet looked over to where the other women in the church were sitting, as a feeling of inadequacy washed over her like a bucket of cold water. It [...]

October 31st, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

The One Million Rand Dream

by Michelle Lenk One million Rand. To many high level entrepreneurs, one million Rand may not sound like very much. But to a young man in the township of Kwadabeka, Durban, it was a [...]

October 19th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

The Poorest and Richest Country in the World

by Michelle Lenk When you type “Democratic Republic of Congo” into Google, some of the first headlines you may see are things such as:      “War in the DRC”      “DRC’s recent [...]

October 7th, 2016|Blog|8 Comments

We Are Here and We Cannot Wait

by Michelle Lenk “There was blood every day on the road and they were killing. People speak a lot of bad things about this area. When people hear 'Pickering Street,' they think drugs, prostitution [...]

August 25th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

A Photojournal: The Resilient Women of Uganda

In August here in South Africa, we are continuing to recognize and celebrate Women's Month. But at Paradigm Shift, we not only want to recognize the resilient women of South Africa, but the incredible [...]

August 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Celebrating Women’s Day in South Africa

On August 9th, South Africa commemorates National Women’s Day. It is a significant day that reminds us of the determination, perseverance and courage of the women that fought for equality in South Africa back in [...]

August 8th, 2016|Blog|4 Comments

We’ve Reached Ten African Countries!

What began as three church partners in Johannesburg, South Africa, has now grown into a movement that has spread not only across South Africa, but the entire continent, with hundreds of entrepreneurs being impacted [...]

July 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Meet Shako: The Driven Creative

Excitement. That’s the only emotion Shako felt rising up inside of him. He felt invigorated, empowered even. He could do this. He could turn his passion, the work of his hands, into a means of [...]

June 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

What is Poverty?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when asked the question, “What is poverty?” More than likely, many of us think of things such as no food on the table, malnutrition, homelessness, [...]

June 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

When God Spares a Life: A Widow’s Story of Entrepreneurship

Recently, two Paradigm Shift staff members, Lee Moyo (Partnership Development Manager) and Michelle Lenk (Creative Director), took a trip to East Africa, to visit some of our incredible church partners, and visit the resilient entrepreneurs [...]

May 26th, 2016|Blog|4 Comments

Why Entrepreneurship? Part 3

In our third and final part of our "Why Entrepreneurship" series, we're taking a look at how entrepreneurship has an influence on an entire community. When a local entrepreneur decides to create their own business, [...]

May 3rd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Entrepreneurship? Part 2

Entrepreneurship is one of the single most effective solutions to poverty. But why? This month we've been taking a deeper look into the many aspects that make entrepreneurship an effective tool for poverty alleviation [...]

April 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Why Entrepreneurship? Part 1

"But why entrepreneurship?" is a question we often get asked. Of all the many poverty alleviation tools, why is entrepreneurship one of the most effective? Why have we seen the most long-term success when [...]

April 5th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Finding a Hero

When Grace Family Church in Durban, South Africa, decided to tackle poverty in their community head on, they pulled out all the stops. People were in poverty, and there was no time to waste. [...]

March 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How Entrepreneurship Advances Human Rights

By Jedd Schroy To read Jedd's original article published in Business Day Live, CLICK HERE. The famed British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge said, “I beg you to believe that life is not a process, it's a [...]

March 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

International Women’s Day

Today we celebrate the resilient women we see every day, who continue to build their own businesses, support their families and impact their communities despite overwhelming odds! Our 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year, Bulelwa, [...]

March 8th, 2016|Blog|4 Comments

3 Talks on Social Justice You Need to Listen to!

1.) DAN ARIELY: HOW EQUAL DO WE WANT THE WORLD TO BE? YOU'D BE SURPRISED. The news of society's growing inequality makes all of us uneasy. But why? Dan Ariely reveals some new, [...]

February 23rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Minding the Gap

Giving across the socio-economic divide is not always easy. We need to be conscious of the roles that we assume when building relationships with each other, and should aim for interaction based on equality. [...]

February 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

It’s Time To Give Back

“In my family growing up, we didn’t have enough money for me to be able to finish school. Now I can proudly send this photo home to my mother, showing her my certificate [...]

November 25th, 2015|Blog|2 Comments

The Spirit of Resilience in Uganda

Kony. It's a word that somehow weaves its way into the stories of many in war-torn Northern Uganda. For Scholastika, although not directly affected by the evil of Joseph Kony, she often saw it [...]

October 27th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

From Struggling Artisan to Thriving Designer

When the company Joseph used to work for suddenly dissolved, he found himself unemployed, with a family to support. With limited job opportunities around him, Joseph decided to take matters into his own hands, and [...]

October 1st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Paradigm Shift Launches New Podcast Series

What drives poverty in Africa? Where is Africa at in addressing this massive issue? What are some of the possible solutions to poverty that we have seen actually work? With almost 50% of sub-saharan [...]

August 27th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Shift It South Africa

Forming part of our ‘Shifts Happen’ Campaign, Paradigm Shift has had the amazing opportunity to host American-based entrepreneurship accelerator, Unpolished. This group, made up of highly accomplished business men and women, was tasked to [...]

July 9th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Poor Cannot Wait

If the wealth disparity in South Africa could be exemplified by one area, it’d be in Cape Town’s Hout Bay. Nestled between mountains, with the ocean stretching out before it, Hout Bay is a [...]

June 25th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Book

It started in a shack. It’s those small, seemingly insignificant events that often begin the unveiling of an idea. And so the unveiling began in the small home of one entrepreneur. Her name was [...]

June 10th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment