“Dad, did you do the things Evan suggested?” “No, but let’s do it, son.” That was a year ago.
A year after being chided by his son Junior (pictured far right), Oscar told us in Honduras this month: “My printing business was about to go bankrupt. I took a class for printers from a government training agency, but it didn’t help. What Evan gave me was straight from God. Since I put your coaching into action, my revenue has increased by 70%, I’ve expanded my facility, and I’ve gone from 3 to 14 employees!”
Oscar is so thankful and has become passionate about paying it forward. We’re helping him and three other new local mentors to begin mentoring entrepreneurs in their four large churches! They’ll use the Spanish Edition of GrowBook to train groups of entrepreneurs in their local communities.
Our new Lead Mentor for one of our Honduras programs, Jeff Hostetter (middle of back row), is excited about walking alongside them as their impact multiplies, especially since he’s also starting a group to serve entrepreneurs in his own church and community. Pray for Oscar (front row at right) and the three others taking the lead!
These loan officers at a Honduran microfinance institution have 2,000 loan clients, but don’t offer them ANY training – until now. They plan to begin using GrowBook to help their entrepreneurs grow their businesses. They hope adding our intellectual capital to their financial capital will reduce their loan default rates. Compassion International has also decided to use GrowBook to empower graduates of their program throughout Honduras.
To avoid being triumphalist or only sharing the successes, here are two entrepreneurs who were struggling during this same visit to Honduras….Cindy is having a hard time building a positive culture of trust with her all-male shoe-making employees who are competing without cooperating with each other. And Ramon is not yet seeing the wisdom in training and empowering employees rather than making plantain chips himself 100 hours a week. When his wife complained that she’d never once used the swimsuit she’d bought for vacation, Wilfredo (half-jokingly) said: “You can see the river from here!”
We released another book!
Mentor Tools equips American mentors (like Jeff) and indigenous mentors (like Oscar) to be effective as they invest in others. It includes all the mentoring and training tools I’ve written over the past five years – in Spanish, English, and Haitian Creole.
Evan L. Keller
Founder & Executive Director
“Research shows that jobs created by the private sector are the sustainable solution to poverty.”
– World Bank’s 2013 Development Report on Jobs