What's the Impact?
Yobel understands the critical importance of thoroughly and consistently tracking impact—how is our Entrepreneurial Training Curriculum practically influencing the lives of individuals around the world? How do we need to shift to better serve the participants? How can we improve for the sake of the mission?
For each training, Yobel conducts extensive pre- and post-training interviews with participants to assess the concrete effects of the curriculum on financial, social, emotional, and spiritual outcomes. Below you'll find a snapshot of our impact, stories from training participants, as well as our impact reports from 2014 - 2016.
- 800+ families empowered within 9 nations
- 4,000 children's future's changed for the better
- 19,200 community members benefit from shared knowledge
- 54% of graduates begin a new business within one year
- 40% increase of income avergaged by all graduates within one year
- 87% now contribute regualarly to savings
- 90% keep a monthly budget
- 144% increase in job creation for their community
Impact Stories - JOSEPH & Sarafeen
Joseph is a Ugandan native of the Mugisu tribe. He is married with 4 children and was able to finish school up to the 5th grade. Joseph attended 2 of our trainings in consecutive years and has been able to begin a grocery market business serving 800 people in his village since. This has increased his profits by 100% from the agricultural work he was doing previously.
“Growing up as a kid l always wanted to learn about business. Some of the obstacles have been l didn’t have the means to pay myself through school hence l missed the opportunity to learn or get any training in business. After training, I opened up a shop that sells basic home requirements like salt, sugar, soap, bread, cooking oil, baking flour etc...
My business has brought basic household items nearer to the rural people, as in the past people had to walk several miles to town to get these basic commodities.
I began saving for the first time. I realized after the training that it’s impossible to grow your business effectively without saving.
Before the training l didn’t care much about my customers however, now l listen to my customers more and make sure l stock my shop with what my customers demand. I learnt that the customer is the king and we should listen more to the customer if our business is to grow. My customers know my shop will always have items that they need and they love my customer relations.
The steady growth of my business has given me hope that l will make it. l see a remarkable growth in my family, spiritual life and business of which am happy about. I have learnt that l should trust God for His guidance in my business.”
Before her marriage, Sarafeen belonged to a poor family with no schooling. She got married when she was 16 and always had a dream of being a business owner. Her husband didn’t allow her, but Sarafeen did not lose her dream. In 2008 she heard about Shining Light’s Vocational Training Center, spoke with her husband, and went through the program.
“After receiving Yobel’s Entrepreneurial Training Course, I made some changes in my shop. I made some clothes which I hung in my windows so people could buy them...The most important thing that I learned in the training is to make a profit register from which I could know how much profit I have got.”
Sarafeen’s business is growing rapidly and she is hoping to save more money and increase her business. Through Yobel’s training she has learned how to save, budget, and reinvest to grow her business. She uses ledgers to track expenses and revenue and now knows exactly how much she is making at the end of the month. After paying all of her expenses each month, Sarafeen profits 10,000 Rs ($100 USD).
Before the training Sarafeen and her husband would fight about where their money was going. There wasn’t stability or security because of the arguments and the children were afraid. Since Sarafeen has taken her new knowledge to her husband and has taught him how to make a budget for their household the family is now much better.
She would like other Pakistani women who dream of being business women to follow their dreams. “Don’t give up. You should stand and pursue your life and you will gain value as well.”