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Spark something great

World Vision
20 November 2015 by Kevin Tan
Spark something great

Platinum Electricians and Community Leaders from Chikomeni Area Development Program

As manager of World Vision Australia’s corporate team, I get to work with businesses who want to use their success to give back. It is great to see the passion and creativity that people use to start and build their businesses, directed towards helping others to do the same.

Take Platinum Electricians for example. When Josh Nicholls started the company in 2001, it was a simple ‘man in a van’ business. Today it is a company with franchises all over Australia! Eager to pay it forward, Josh came up with a simple idea – the more vans Platinum Electricians have on the road, the more support they would give to World Vision.

“Compared to a lot of the world, Australia is a prosperous nation; and as Australian business owners, what an amazing opportunity to bless others,” Josh says.

 

Platinum Electricians aren’t the only ones working alongside World Vision to support children and communities around the world. Blue Illusion has helped to raise funds for causes like the Nepal Earthquake Appeal through in-store sales. Mountain Blue Farms have partnered with a community in Uganda to improve their access to healthcare. Our StarKids partnership with JetStar supports community development programs in Australia and across Asia. We’re fortunate to work with many more generous businesses, all finding a way to help that fits their vision.

All business owners would know that you have to start somewhere. In the countries where we work, people with an entrepreneurial spirit often just don’t get that chance to turn their idea into a reality. That’s why World Vision’s economic development programs help to give people the tools they need to start their own businesses.

Initiatives like savings groups can help people learn how to manage money more effectively, and provide access to low-interest loans to get started. Vocational training and business facilitation provides the education and support needed to run a more effective business. Working alongside communities, our staff can help farmers to increase the quality of their produce and overcome market barriers, so they can earn a better income.

Economic development programs helped 38-year-old Nazrul start his own business. Photo by Annila Harris, World Vision

Economic development programs helped 38-year-old Nazrul start his own business. Photo by Annila Harris, World Vision

For Nazrul from India, World Vision’s support helped him to realise his dreams. He was once a casual labourer without an education, struggling to earn enough to educate his children. World Vision’s work meant he was able to purchase a tri-cycle rickshaw, which he turned into a mobile store.

“I had always wanted my own business, what better than to have a mobile shop. Now that I am an owner it feels liberating. The income has improved. The feeling of helplessness has gone. Finally there is joy and immense peace in my household. My desire was to become an entrepreneur and that was made possible by World Vision.”

A better income means people can invest more in their family and their community. In the long-term, it can help communities become self-sufficient – which is the goal of everything World Vision does. You can help to be the spark that starts something great – a chain reaction that helps generations to come.

Give entrepreneurs in developing countries their start by making a donation today. Contact us if you’re interested in longer-term partnership opportunities.

Kevin Tan Kevin Tan

Kevin is the Corporate Partnerships Manager for World Vision Australia.

 

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