In early August, we ran a Q&A with entrepreneur Stan Kriz, the primary author of Five Talents' business training curriculum. He'd recently returned from Myanmar, where he and a team of business professionals led training seminars on topics like marketing and business planning.
In this photo, taken by Five Talents board member Cavin Philbin, a group of young men wrestle with the beginnings of a business plan.
"There are two fundamental pillars for the way that Five Talents does training: the first is the holistic linkage between your faith and doing business – they are not separable. God cares about our work because it is part of His provision for us," said Stan Kriz in the interview. "The other pillar is participatory learning. We don't do lectures. Instead we get the groups together and ask lots of questions, get the groups to talk among themselves and to us. The intent here is to demonstrate that we the Westerners are not just coming in and pouring a body of knowledge onto the students, but instead we are pulling out of the students the business sense that they already have. They just don't know it."
Shortly after Stan's team returned to the US, another team of business trainers left for Kenya, where they led similar seminars and also helped to develop a value chain analysis for the production and sale of free-range broiler chickens, with the ultimate goal of supporting the establishment of a farmers' cooperative. Click here to read their story.