Overall Impact

  • 483 entrepreneurs trained
  • Training conducted in Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda

2015 STATISTICS

  • 175+ entrepreneurs graduated
  • These entrepreneurs care for over 530 children

We followed up with 147 entrepreneurs from our previous trainings held from July 2014-March 2015.

Within 6-12 months of the training:

  • 69 new businesses began
  • 103 existing businesses were improved
  • 93 (63.2%) more entrepreneurs now keep a budget
  • 30.6% started saving because of the tools they received in training
  • 3,000+ people in greater community were impacted as new entrepreneurs passed on their life-changing knowledge

We have trained 10 additional organizations to use our Entrepreneurial Training Curriculum in the future.


For me, the most challenging thing about the course was how to have a dream. I never had it in mind because I never had any way of starting a business before, but now I know many things. I have learned how to start a business and how to be free with others because I am a fearful person. I have 2 children, am a single mother, and there is no land for me. At times my brothers attack me to chase me away with my children. So it is my desire to work hard so I can get land for my children, especially because they are boys.
— Sarah Apolot, 26 Uganda
Yes my life changed a lot because before doing this training I was not able to understand the way of business. I become self confident and want to improve my life. I shared all with my family and friends and many others because I also want to change their life.
— Kalsoom Afsar, 17, Pakistan
I have learned Budgets! I had never heard of them. I learned the importance of savings and customer service. Learning to Dream Big gave me confidence and I put pictures on my wall in a collage.
— Alba Lisbeth Penniston, 20, Costa Rica

Impact Reports

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Totonga Bomoi - Aru, Democratic Republic of Congo, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

Totonga Bomoi - Aru, Democratic Republic of Congo, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

HEED - Myaliiro & Kyakitanga, Uganda, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

HEED - Myaliiro & Kyakitanga, Uganda, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

Byumba, Rwanda, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

Byumba, Rwanda, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

Soroti, Uganda, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

Soroti, Uganda, 6-12 Month 2015 Impact Report

Kigumba, Uganda 2015 Impact Report

Kigumba, Uganda 2015 Impact Report

HEED - Myaliiro & Kyakitanga, Uganda 2015 Impact Report

HEED - Myaliiro & Kyakitanga, Uganda 2015 Impact Report

Totonga Bomoi - Aru, Democratic Republic of Congo 2015 Impact Report

Totonga Bomoi - Aru, Democratic Republic of Congo 2015 Impact Report

Uganda 2014 Impact Report

Uganda 2014 Impact Report

Rwanda 2014 Impact Report

Rwanda 2014 Impact Report

Costa Rica 2014 Impact Report

Costa Rica 2014 Impact Report


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.”