Below are a few of special projects that we have worked to help raise awareness and funding through TradingPub.com as 10% of our income is donated to charity. If you want to know how you can help, please contact us. Thank you for your support.
Light of the Village
Light of the Village is a Christian Ministry located inside one of the most impoverished and violent neighborhoods in the southeastern USA.
To learn more about Light of the Village – Learn More Here
Opportunities Now – Myanmar
Opportunities NOW is an Entrepreneurship training school in Myanmar that seeks to reduce poverty by providing business training and mentoring in various stages of business startup. Opportunities NOW not only provides the educational framework to help a business grow, but also gives and manages loans which provide the capital that students need to succeed with their business. Opportunities Now ran its first entrepreneurship training program in May 2012 and has grown rapidly since then.
To learn more about Opportunities Now and an exciting partnership we have formed with them:
After the Trading Pub involvement with the Opportunities Now Project we are pleased to share that the following young entrepreneurs have been able to start their own businesses using funds collected from the charity.
Moo Hsoe is a Kayin entrepreneur, and has a deep passion for music and media publication. He was born in the Insein township of Yangon, and still lives there with members of his family. Initially, Moo Hsoe thought he wanted a career in marine engineering, and briefly attended a local university to pursue this course of study. However, he shortly realized that his real interest lay in his love of music, and he left the university to focus on building a business around some of his media publishing ideas. At this time, a friend and former scale student recommended that he look into Opportunities NOW as way for him to further develop his music and business skills. In July, Moo Hsoe opened his music media business and has just released a compilation of lyrics for 125 songs along with an audio CD. In his first month of business, Moo Hsoe made $1,000 in profits and has sold more than 3,000 of his lyric compilations and audio CDs. Based on this success; he is now looking at implementing new ideas and broadening his product offering to include new language learning resources in Burmese, Korean, and English.
Saw Golden Chit
Saw Golden Chit is a young entrepreneur living in the small village of Outsu. As a boy, he spent long days working on his parent’s farm and tending to a large rice paddy. As he prepared to go to college, Saw Golden Chit thought he would pursue a career in computer science, but after two years he had to leave school to help attend to his family’s farm. It was here that he got an idea for expanding the farm to include a commercial fishery, and with encouragement from his sister, he joined Opportunities NOW to more fully develop his idea. Saw Golden Chit really benefited from the startup program and received invaluable experience during his internship where he worked at a fish farm in Twante, observing and discussing with its owner on how to run an effective fish farm. Since receiving his loan and starting his fish farm, no income has come in yet since the fish are not fully grown and ready for harvest. However, Saw Golden Chit is pleased with the progress he is making and has many customers lining up for the first big sale in October. With an eye towards the future, he is now also planning the build out of a shrimp farm and looks forward to the day when he can more fully support himself and his family from the proceeds of his growing business.
Sar Gor Htoo
Sar Gor Htoo is from Yangon and has just recently completed the Opportunities NOW startup program. He currently lives with his parents and five brothers and is launching his new pig farm. Prior to getting involved with Operation NOW, Sar Gor Htoo worked a number of small part-time jobs to help cover family expenses. His aunt, Daw San Myo, was the one who recommended that he attend Opportunities NOW. She was a former scale student, and felt it would be the perfect environment for Sar Gor Htoo to develop his entrepreneurial skills. Initially he received a $500 loan to start his pig farm, and currently has four pigs under his care. He continues to take part time jobs to generate additional income as he waits for the pig breeding season and new offspring to develop. His goal is to sell pigs to customers in his village and eventually expand his business to include a fish farm as well.
Zun Zun Hlaing Aung
Zun Zun Hlaing Aung is a highly educated entrepreneur who has work experience in the education field. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Zun Zun Hlaing Aung began working as an early childhood teacher in her mother’s preschool. Unfortunately, growing expenses forced the closure of the preschool and she had to leave and look for another job. After seeing what was available, Zun Zun Hlaing Aung decided that she didn’t want to be a day laborer, and decided she wanted to start her own business. This is what led her to Opportunities Now, and the initial idea of raising livestock. However, she also wanted to provide a unique service that could not be easily copied. So, she decided instead to produce albums and DVDs of children’s educational songs that she would write and produce on her own. Opportunities NOW provided her with $500 out of the $800 she needed to initiate her business, and the rest was invested by her father. Since completing the program, she has been working on recording her songs and obtaining a permit to distribute and sell her DVDs. Eventually Zun Zun Hlaing Aung hopes her business will be successful enough to allow her to help reopen her mother’s preschool.
Wai Maung is an agriculture entrepreneur and is currently living with Zun Zun Hlaing Aung’s family in Mawbi on the outskirts of Yangon. As a young man, Wai Maung had once attended a course on the proper way to grow and sell mushrooms. Mushrooms are a chief staple in the Myanmar diet, and he saw an opportunity to build a business around this idea. Zun Zun’s mother encouraged him to join Opportunities NOW so that he could learn how to start and grow his new business. Wai Maung was just awarded a $500 loan and has rented a small parcel of land from Zun Zun Hlaing Aung’s family. He has started his first plantings and expects his first harvest in about 2 weeks. He is looking forward to his first sale at the beginning of next month, and hopes to grow into a thriving business that packages and sells dried mushrooms to customers in his area.
“Stringing Lives Together One by One” – Uganda
Four Corners Ministries provides holistic care for orphans in Uganda and helps create jobs through entrepreneurial development for impoverished women in Africa.
There are more than 60 million orphaned and vulnerable children (HIV/AIDS, conflict,disability, street children) in Africa, with about three million of these children living in Uganda. Four Corners Ministries’ project, Abaana’s Hope (Abaana is an African word which means children), is a comprehensive children’s village that will provide holistic care for orphans. The ultimate goal of Abaana’s Hope is to help raise future leaders, to lift them up and fill them with love and hope so that they might do the same for their neighbors.
Four Corners Ministries believes that teaching entrepreneurial development is a more sustainable approach to eradicating poverty. Since 2011, FCM has been partnering with impoverished women in Uganda and helping the women to become entrepreneurs. The women turn recycled paper into handcrafted beads, make jewelry from the beads, and then FCM brings the jewelry back to the United States to sell at home parties. In turn, the proceeds from the jewelry become food, medicine, income, and hope for these families in Uganda.
This is just one small way that Four Corners Ministries is ministering to these women.