Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Family is about relationship. It is about investing time in other people. It involves supporting and encouraging each other. It takes sacrifice. It fosters mutual admiration and inspiration.

And family does not only refer to blood relatives.

Last week I attended Paradigm Shift’s celebration evening. It was a brief time of reflecting on how entrepreneurs, volunteer trainers and mentors had grown together. I was so struck by the incredible cohesion of relationships that has been developed in this small community. Meeting for a journey of business training …

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Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Hovering around 25%, South Africa’s unemployment rate can breed hopelessness and despair. This sort of climate requires radical action, innovative thinking and creative ideas.

One such creative idea may be found in Paradigm Shift.

Paradigm Shift is a programme run by Common Good that offers micro-finance, mentorship and training to small business owners.  At Paradigm Shift entrepreneurs get to partner with experienced businessmen and woman to develop and refine their business model.  Entrepreneurs have experienced a significant increase in their business revenue due to the weekly training …

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Margaret’s Story: From Domestic Worker to Entrepreneur

Margaret’s Story: From Domestic Worker to Entrepreneur

Over the past few weeks, the stories being told across our nation are often ones of fear, violence and despair, as xenophobic attacks have punctured the heart of our country.

These stories are important to hear. As a community, we can’t bury our heads in the sand. But there are other stories which also need to be heard.

Stories of hope, courage, and perseverance. Margaret’s story is one of them.

As a child growing up in Malawi, Margaret dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but without enough money for university, her next …

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How one woman’s ingenuity is changing lives

How one woman’s ingenuity is changing lives

She looked at us with eyes that held a steady strength. A smile of fixed resolve slowly spread across her face. We knew that behind this smile was a determination that could only come from something outside of herself. It seemed that every time one of us visited Phumeza, who graduated from the Paradigm Shift Module 1 in Dec 2013, she was celebrating the miracles that were taking place in her life, while new challenges lay ahead of her.

On this particular morning, my Paradigm Shift …

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Why EEE?

Why EEE?

83%. Four out of five people. That’s how many Christ followers in Common Ground Church believe that doing justice is normative Christianity. This is a stat that has caused the Common Good team to pause – for just a moment – and smile. For the past few years the Common Good team have worked with leaders to ensure that doing justice is not outsourced to a few paid professionals. We are passionate about seeing every Christ follower inspired, equipped and discipled to follow Jesus in …

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How Paradigm Shift is changing lives

How Paradigm Shift is changing lives

In 2013, Common Ground ran two Paradigm Shift programmes training 135 micro-entrepreneurs! On average, the entrepreneurs experienced a 68% increase in their business revenues, due to the programme’s weekly business training and one-on-one mentorship.

The year at a glance:

– 135 entrepreneurs were impacted supporting 540 dependents

– 641 hours were given by Common Ground business trainers, life coaches and mentors developing and discipling micro-entrepreneurs

– 79% of the entrepreneurs are now saving toward the future, a 26% increase from before

Both programmes were representative of Cape Town’s diverse population, with a wide mix …

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Paradigm Shift Reaches New Heights

The Paradigm Shift volunteer team at December’s graduation ceremony.

Congrats to Paradigm Shift Master Trainer of the Year, Jennilee Hey, and Paradigm Shift Business Trainer of the Year, Ivan Mills! Here’s an article written by Janelle Schroy, co-founder of Paradigm Shift, on the programme’s success in the last year.

The sun sets over the Cape Town harbor on a warm Thursday night as 26 entrepreneurs make their way to the highlight of their week, Common Ground Church’s Paradigm Shift programme. They come from all over the …

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