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Mustard Seed Global is seeking to establish competitive Social Enterprise Supermarkets (SES) in every major centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG). PNG is experiencing a resources boom, but there is little improvement so far in basic services (like health and education) or employment opportunities. Corruption means that this is unlikely to change.
Also, most young people in PNG drop out of school early or don’t go to school at all! There are high drop-out rates because poor families struggle to cover the costs involved, and places are limited in higher grades. According to the PNG Department of Education, in 2008 only 24% of students who sat the Year 10 exam were offered places in Year 11. A lack of education means a lack of employment. Without paid employment young people experience hunger, frustration, boredom, hopelessness and low self-esteem. Many want to escape the traditional village life for the benefits of development, but cannot survive in the city and become high-risk for HIV and crime. Juvenile crime and violence is a big issue in PNG.
Each SES Supermarket will:
1. Offer a traineeship to bridge young people who have dropped out of school into paying jobs, vocational training, income-generating micro-enterprise projects or church-planting.
2. Provide in-store community-building programs and a monthly free meal for the poor.
3. Offer innovative, healthy, affordable fast food.
4. Direct all profits to resource development projects.
5. Plant a church in every supermarket to encourage personal/spiritual growth in trainees and others.
6. Challenge corruption by modelling generosity and Christ’s love.
Why do we need kingdom entrepreneurs?
The start-up capital required is estimated at $A1 million. Our goal is to partner with 1000 kingdom-minded entrepreneurs globally by inviting them to invest $1,000 to help make this project happen. $1,000 x 1000 entrepreneurs = $A1 million.
Cash-flow from the first supermarket (a strategic amount built into the cost structure) will form the capital base for subsequent supermarkets. So investing in the first supermarket will start a chain-reaction enabling a tsunami of transforming kingdom activity in Papua New Guinea.
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