Change the future
NEW Pathways to Enterprise™ is dedicated to empowering women and their families through innovative livelihood opportunities. Through our Learning to Livelihood IdeaShop™ series, coupled with business start-up support, we serve as an incubator of new businesses for and by women. Our direct beneficiaries are economically disadvantaged women living on less than $2.00 per day, with the majority classified as the extreme poor, living on less than $1.25.
Photo: Professor Christine Nielsen (far left) with NEW Pathways to Enterprise™ participants in Danao-1, Samar Island, Philippines, May 2013.
NEW Pathways’ approach –
From Learning to Livelihood
We guide women through the entrepreneurial process from business idea generation through business start-up. We offer a series of IdeaShops™ that inspire women to explore, evaluate, and select business alternatives that offer profitable returns and opportunities for creativity and increased self-esteem.
- Level 1: IdeaShop™ for Business Idea Generation
This phase is an essential one in the entrepreneurial process and a missing component in most small business programs for women. Livelihood presentations by livelihood experts, entrepreneurs and business innovators blend local knowledge with exploratory opportunities. Individual interviews and the New Pathways’ decision-making tool enable participants to find the best fit between individual talents, preferences, and profitability.
- Level 2: IdeaShop™ for Livelihood Skills Training
Livelihood training imparts the necessary technical skills required to engage in the priority livelihoods selected by the women themselves.
- Level 3: IdeaShop™ for Business Skills Training
Business training includes basic financial management and marketing skills necessary for business operations, and assistance with the development of business plan proposals.
- Level 4: Business Plan Review
NEW Pathways Board of Directors reviews draft business plan proposals, and works with local partners in the field to assist women in revising and finalizing their plans for best results.
- Level 5: Business start-up ‘pilot projects’
Women engage in demonstration projects, applying what they’ve learned to achieve business goals. Women’s initiatives are nurtured through this phase. NEW Pathways sponsors start-up financing, mentoring, and advising services.
NEW Pathways’ participants are deeply grateful for opportunities to develop sustainable livelihoods. They are joyous, inspired, and motivated, envisioning better lives for themselves and their families. As one community leader remarked, “We can have this livelihood for the whole barangay, for the purpose of helping one another … I believe it will be you spreading this throughout the world, not only in Doldol … without you this wouldn’t be possible.”
- 175 women and 3 men have completed one or more of our IdeaShops™.
- 107 participants have graduated from our Learning to Livelihood program.
- Women are involved in business start-ups ranging from the creative arts, high-speed sewing, weaving, and shoe covers, to fish processing and hog-raising.
- NEW Pathways is expanding its program to 14 additional communities by invitation of a municipal counselor on Negros Island.
- 36 women living near the epicenter of Typhoon Haiyan, Samar Island, have completed the Learning to Livelihood program; their piglet raising businesses will begin in March 2014.
- Our Creative Arts for Rural Development project raised over $1,000 through “Our Sustainable Community” notecard project.
- We organized our first art exhibit in the U.S., “Artists of the Visayas, Philippines.”
- Our partnership with Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation is enriching our program and lowering our costs.
- A superb local Philippine management team is in place.
We are a 501(c)(3) public charity. Our mission is to enable economically disadvantaged women for livelihoods that offer profitable returns and opportunities for creativity and increased self-esteem. We collaborate with local grass roots organizations, universities, public agencies, microfinance institutions, and faith-based organizations to leverage our financial and nonfinancial resources for maximum benefit. Working together we can have a positive, direct, and immediate impact on the lives of disadvantaged women and their families. Our current programs are in the Philippines. We intend to expand over time within southeast Asia, to Latin America and Africa.
Your donation to NEW Pathways will enable a woman and offer her children a brighter future.
What our participants tell us
Thank you very much for sponsoring this training because we learned a lot through your support and because of your generous support we are blessed. I promise that I will use this knowledge and show you what I’ve learned and by the time you’ll be coming back here we can show you that we become successful. Thank you very much and God bless you all!
My personal experience in this three days training helps me a lot because I’ve learned deeply from here how to manage a business. And I am so grateful to you for sponsoring this training because it helps a lot of women here to see an opportunity to earn money for our family. And we thank also our Lord God who sent people like you to help us. It is my hope that more blessings will come also from other nation to help our business to become more successful.
I learned a lot. More idea in business, now I know how to start a business even it’s too hard in the beginning. Ma’am, thank you very much for this training. I always pray to GOD that He continue to guide you and your family and wish you good health too. This is my only way to pay you back for all the good things you shared. Thank you very much.
I feel great and proud being one in this seminar. I’m thankful to have good new ideas in life. Good Luck!
For me, I am very thankful for attending this Ideashop activity because I have learned many things on different ways of doing livelihood. I like the best on rug making by Nelly Nacino. I am thankful to all who have made this activity a success.
I am very happy that I have attended this seminar because the information I have learned will be of great help to my association. It will help strengthen the UKBB. The seminar also has given me a better look at myself … the possibility for a realization of my dream.
How are you? We miss you. You are heaven sent to us to help us in our lives. We hope that you will have a longer life so that you can still reach out to many people. Thanks.
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