Michelle Lenk


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February 2017

Why the Church in Burundi is Desperate for Change

February 27th, 2017|

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 based organization, is an exciting time of growth for us!

5 Reasons Why Fighting Poverty Is Worth It

February 13th, 2017|

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 day (extreme […]

January 2017

How One Community Changed the Lives of Five Entrepreneurs

January 31st, 2017|

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 the […]

5 Things That Make Paradigm Shift Unique

January 26th, 2017|

Thinking about launching a Paradigm Shift experience at your church?



The Story Behind Our Entrepreneurs of the Year

January 13th, 2017|

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 South Africa in search of better opportunity. They persevered […]

December 2016

The Journey of a Foreigner

December 27th, 2016|

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, more opportunity.    

He arrived in south […]

The Journey of a Young Entrepreneur

December 21st, 2016|

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, a challenge to be conquered. Even from […]

2016 Award Winners

December 20th, 2016|

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 make Paradigm Shift experiences possible, to the resilient entrepreneurs who are working so diligently […]

The Journey of a Single Mother

December 13th, 2016|

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 the opportunity to experience.

A single mother […]

November 2016

Supporting Orphans Through Entrepreneurship

November 16th, 2016|

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 the plight of the world’s orphans. It never ceases […]