Michelle Lenk


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So far Michelle Lenk has created 39 blog entries.

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 […]

How Does One Business Support 50 Children?

June 8th, 2017|

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 multiple African countries. Victor decided to fill this gap, starting […]

The Highly Educated Unemployed of Zimbabwe

June 1st, 2017|

“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


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 […]