Social Entrepreneurs

Bikes and Baptisms: One Ukrainian Couple’s Journey

Bikes and Baptisms: One Ukrainian Couple’s Journey

Hello, weekend! We love hearing how God is moving around the world and Hope International shares this great story about Lesya and Nicholai Login in western Ukraine. With their booming bicycle business, they share their passion for the sport and bless the community in unique ways!

A Practical Story For Living a Generous Lifestyle

A Practical Story For Living a Generous Lifestyle

The Bible has much to say about our attitude toward money and points us towards a generous lifestyle. Yes, it’s important to for us to save for retirement and be diligent with our finances, but we’re also called to use our resources to advance the cause of the Gospel. The founders P.S. Kitchen in NYC understand this call well. They not only donate its profits to charity, but they also share the practical love of God with the staff!

Podcast Episode 41 - How to slay a dragon: Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International

Podcast Episode 41 - How to slay a dragon: Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International

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In this week’s episode, we’re talking to Henry’s long-time friend Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International, a leading provider of microfinancing for underserved communities around the globe. Peter helps us understand the multi-faceted aspects of poverty, that it’s about more than simply the lack of resources.

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

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The team sits down with John Marsh of Marsh Collective, of Opelika, Alabama to discuss storytelling, what it’s like to run 10+ businesses (the collective part of Marsh Collective) and how to be the steward of 10 square city blocks for the glory of God and Kingdom while being totally unqualified to do so.

Entrepreneurship Meets Scripture Journal-ling

Entrepreneurship Meets Scripture Journal-ling

The ThredJournal is tool to implement a unique method for journal-ling, especially with a partner or group. And it’s a great tool for Faith driven entrepreneurs! Check out the video on this post to learn more about the ThredJournal and how you can grow in your relationship with Christ using the method or the ThredJournal!

Africa's Calling

Africa's Calling

Huge opportunity for impact… How can faith driven entrepreneurs can get involved in supporting entrepreneurship in Africa.

Karibu Nyaggah

When I was a child, I emigrated to the US from Africa with my family and never looked back. When I finally did go back in college, a deep desire was planted, growing stronger with each subsequent trip, to use my position of privilege and the skills I had gained to make an impact on the continent. On one such trip to my native homeland of Kenya, I met Courtney Rountree, one of my co-founders at Sinapis, and we began discussing the pressing problems we were seeing in front of us and how we could leverage the power of business to create positive economic and social impact. Although we did not know it at the time, Africa was truly on the cusp.

Indeed, its coming ascendance is well researched. In June 2010, McKinsey released a seminal report on Africa that projected by 2020, Africa’s GDP would reach $2.6 trillion, up $1 trillion from 2008. With increasing urbanization, Africa’s labor force is projected to reach 1.1 billion by 2040, overtaking China and India. By 2020…

Podcast Episode 19 - How to Discern Your Calling: Interview with Dave Blanchard (CEO of Praxis)

Podcast Episode 19 - How to Discern Your Calling: Interview with Dave Blanchard (CEO of Praxis)

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In this week’s episode, one of our listeners,, Marty, asked "how do you discern your calling".  This is an incredibly light and easy to answer question that barely impacts an entrepreneur's journey, so this will be short.  Of course I'm kidding, this is something we have all asked ourselves, and is something that is incredibly difficult to navigate alone ... so we had to phone a friend.  We are super super lucky to have Dave Blanchard from Praxis join us on the podcast to help our listeners think through this issue.

A Well-Lit Pathway Out of Poverty

A Well-Lit Pathway Out of Poverty

Brian Rants never thought his contribution to the world would be a $15 lamp. But for schoolchildren in Swaziland and earthquake survivors in Haiti, these solar lamps have made all the difference. Rants's Denver-based company—Nokero, short for "no kerosene"—have allowed African students to read at night and increased safety for Haitian families living in tent cities. As vice president of marketing, Rants's job is to get these lamps into the hands of millions of families in the developing world.

Do You Know Why Switzerland is Beautiful? The Swiss Do.

Do You Know Why Switzerland is Beautiful?  The Swiss Do.

I have the great honor and blessing of being able to attend the Christian Economic Forum this week in St. Moritz.  It's a time to gather with friends and colleagues from around the world to endeavor to understand how we as followers of Jesus might participate, and even innovate, in the world's financial markets. 

Created to Flourish Forward

Created to Flourish Forward

fter the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine faced a debilitating economic crisis, leaving many without enough food to eat or clothes to wear. Along with others in my church, I felt compelled to respond. There were people who were hungry, who needed shelter, who didn’t have the hope of Jesus Christ. As we read in Isaiah 58:7, God has a specific idea about how we should translate our faith into action:

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Isaiah 58:7

We couldn’t turn away.

Refugees finding work in Colorado

Refugees finding work in Colorado

Millenials flock to Denver faster than almost every other city in the country. Colorado’s recreational culture, active lifestyle and surging downtown create a magnetic atmosphere for young people. But our new neighbors include more than hipsters in search of tech startups and fresh powder.

“Colorado is better than other places,” said Ah Hki, who moved to Colorado two years ago from a refugee camp in Thailand. “I found a great job and have a lot of work. Housing is expensive here, but the wages are higher here, too. And the weather is better.”

Each year, several thousand refugees make Colorado their home. When they do, a make-or-break factor in their acclimation is whether or not they can find good work.

Going Out on More Limbs

Going Out on More Limbs

I’m the CEO and Co-founder at New Story - a nonprofit that builds homes and communities for the world’s poor internationally. This year, we’ll surpass 2,000 homes building 17 communities collectively, since our founding in 2015.

Recently, in partnership with ICON, we unveiled the first ever 3D home printer and printed home designed to serve the world’s most vulnerable families.

Hope International - A US Entrepreneur making a huge Global Impact for the Kingdom

I will never forget the time when I first came to know about Hope International.  God had started to bless Bandwidth with more success, and I knew that I wanted to get more serious about giving.  I became fascinated with the concept of microfinance.  God had placed a passion in me for marketplace transformation and I knew that entrepreneurship could create great opportunity for poverty alleviation in the US, but especially overseas.   Mohammed Yunus' Book, "Banker to the Poor" had just come out and I couldn't get enough.  I read everything I could find on MFI and eventually came across a podcast from Kiva that shared the stories of their member partners and what they did with MFI and where they did it. 

The Praxis Business Program....Why I like it, and why I think you will too.

The Praxis Business Program....Why I like it, and why I think you will too.

The Praxis Business Accelerator Program is accepting applications until June 1 and there is no better time to share with you why I think it's something that all faith driven entrepreneurs should know about.  Well, actually, a better time would have been about a month ago when you had more time to plan :), but you are a faith driven entrepreneur and you have a unique ability to quickly assess and pursue amazing things quickly....this is one of those things.  I've never done a Top 10 list, but in homage to David Letterman and more importantly, Dave Blanchard and the crew at Praxis, here goes:

Redeeming the Cell Phone

Redeeming the Cell Phone

I was at the Praxis Redemptive Entrepreneurship Summit last week in New York.  I was so impressed with the incredible group of people that Dave, Josh and the team were able to put together in one room.....it was a great privilege to be with them.  The theme, as you might imagine, was about redemption.  There was talk about redeeming all aspects of the entrepreneurial process...even some jokes about what a redemptive email might look like, or how we might redeem the cheeseburger (at one of the breaks we had some incredibly delicious cheese burgers made from a new vegetable product.....really good, but I'm not sure that the cheeseburger is in need of redemption :).)

A Vision for Entrepreneurship in Africa

A Vision for Entrepreneurship in Africa

Sometimes, God calls entrepreneurs to audacious obedience in their business ventures. While starting a business in Lincoln, Nebraska can have just as much Gospel impact as starting a medical clinic in Malawi, the latter will likely require far more personal sacrifice and risk along the journey.

That’s exactly what has happened with Jun Shiomitsu. Jun is the founder of African Business Institute (ABI), a Gospel-centered business accelerator/MBA program serving three African countries.

Podcast Episode 5 - Spirituality of Fundraising

Podcast Episode 5 - Spirituality of Fundraising

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Fundraising.  It’s something that we as entrepreneurs all have to tackle at some point.  In this week’s FDE podcast episode, we examine the different issues that are associated with fundraising. You'll hear Henry note at the outset that this particular episode is a bit more weighted for the social entrepreneur or ministry entrepreneur....but I hope you'll agree that the mindset on fundraising is very relevant for entrepreneurs of all types.