Youth4Business is replicating the dual pronged education and microfinance program as the Lord leads. We currently have replicated in two locations and have a third promising location in the works. If you would like to partner with us, please send an email or give us a call!
Education Equals Hope
In the spring of 2012, Youth 4 Business began an official partnership with Christ Church Anglican and their Haitian sister church St. Jean Baptist in Savanette, Haiti. Christ Church Anglican is located in Overland Park, KS and has been partnering with St. Jean Baptiste for over 20 years. Ruth and Ryan Entwistle met the director of their Haiti World Team, Susan Meeder, while living in Haiti in 2008. They started talking about partnership and in 2012 were able to put together a plan to replicate the Y4B entrepreneurship education program linked with a small microfinance program at St. Jean Baptiste. Coicy Franky, Y4B program director, has worked tirelessly to train the parishioners to run their program.
In 2015, Susan Meeder started a new partnership with an organization called Education Equals Hope. At present this replicated program is able to run independently of Y4B, teaching entrepreneurship lessons, requiring a savings program, and lending funds through their microfinance program. They have approximately 50 participants, 27 with loans of $65-$100.
Hope Community Church/Nouvelle Alliance
In 2015 Youth4Business began a partnership with Hope Community Church (HCC) and their partner church in Arcahaie, Haiti called Nouvelle Alliance. HCC is my (Ruth) current home church. HCC has had a partnership with Nouvelle for about 4 years and this past year the Haiti team decided to inaugurate a jobs/microfinance initiative. Nouvelle decided to go forward and use the curriculum and microfinance model from Youth4Business in their church community. Timothy, their lead pastor, was able to visit Coicy last fall and witness the Youth4Business program in action. This past April, a contingent of Hope church members, along with Timothy, also went to visit Coicy. At present, Nouvelle is teaching our curriculum to youth in their school and they have started a microfinance program for their church members. We look forward to watching this partnership grow and change in the years to come!