This large component of the small business development process is targeted at teaching a reproducible and profitable skill that students can use to provide for themselves and their families. Much research has gone into which trades will be successful in the informal environments of impoverished communities.
For many, this is an opportunity to grapple with real thoughts they have had over the course of their lives, and finally come to conclusions about God and faith. From experience, it is a very inspiring and moving time for each of the students that take part.
This objective requires many other skills and learned behaviors essential to starting and running one’s own sustainable business. Topics such as accounting, marketing, profitability, competition, and other important factors in running a successful business are covered in this module.
As the students participating in the small business development program have come from extremely under-resourced communities, they have not had the privilege of taking time to plan for the future. For most, their life has been day-to-day sustenance and survival. This financial literacy module helps them start planning for the future. The basics of budgeting, savings, and investment are looked at in a very practical and cultural way.
For most people growing up in our target regions—even those who have finished high school—there is very poor comprehension of math. Especially for someone engaging in their own business activity, we see math skills as crucial to the success of running a business. This refresher course gives them the tools that they need.
Because of this, diabetes, chronic health problems, and poor general health are common. This module provides basic education, practical principles, and healthy practices to live by when it comes to our physical selves. Diet, overall health, and exercise are some of the topics in this part of the LDP.
The South African education and business worlds operate in English, and for our graduates to confidently step into that sphere requires more practice and finishing on various aspects of the language. All of our students can speak English, but many need the practice to speak in confidence in job interviews and workplace environments.
The idea behind this first part of the process is that someone cannot move forward in life in a purpose-driven way without engaging their story and what they have had to come through. This module deals with a range of heart-motivated as well as practical topics, like conflict resolution, trust, communication, HIV/AIDS, gender, CV writing and interview skills, and goal-setting.