Michelle Lenk


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So far Michelle Lenk has created 43 blog entries.

February 2018

Everybody Loves Doughnuts

February 14th, 2018|

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 to lay a new foundation and rebuild a life for their ten children.

January 2018

The Effect of Empowering One Entrepreneur

January 31st, 2018|

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 we impact ONE entrepreneur, we are not only impacting his […]

What Are YOU Doing At Four Every Morning?

January 17th, 2018|

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 day.

December 2017

The Christmas Gift of Employment

December 12th, 2017|

“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 have another lady who helps me when it gets busy. If I […]

November 2017

How Do You Support 13 Children?

November 14th, 2017|

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 able to save from palm oil helped […]

October 2017

The Single Mom Who Became an Entrepreneur in One Year

October 31st, 2017|

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 a salon, using her meager income to support her family.

September 2017

Give Power Back to East Africa

September 7th, 2017|

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.

But building a life with poverty at your doorstep is […]

July 2017

Hurry Up and Relax

July 25th, 2017|

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 much time to relax or rest. It can […]

Can Business Help Solve Problems in a Community?

July 6th, 2017|

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 is nearly 90%, collaboration and community is essential. When […]

June 2017

How the Poor Get Out of Debt

June 20th, 2017|


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? Their […]