We live in a world where billions of people suffer from malnutrition, preventable diseases, lack of education, poverty and other desperate plights. A question that we are often asked is, “How do you choose between such overwhelming needs?” We understand the reality that when we say “yes” to one thing, we are obligated to say “no” to other things. As much as we want to, we simply cannot rid the world of all its tragedies, nor do we aim to. We believe that by empowering the local community to build a better future for themselves and their families through enterprise, they are given opportunity to find resolution to their problems. We believe that because they have the most to lose, they also have the most to gain, which serves as a great motivator to find lasting resolutions. We aim to impact areas and communities that most business investors would never touch due to the volatility, uncertain economic climate and other variables in the area. Now, this doesn’t mean we are flippant with where we seek to establish businesses, but we do not shy away from what would be considered “too risky” by many. Once a people of great need is identified, we begin to research a business model that is viable and beneficial to their community. Through extensive research and survey on the ground, we are able to filter through which locations and ventures are possible and sustainable.
Once we have identified the community in which we seek to impact and a viable business model in the region, we begin recruiting people who are up for the challenge. From technicians in the specific market in which we want to break into and serial entrepreneurs, to operations managers and support staff, we seek to build teams that will be effective on the ground in starting a sustainable business that will create value within the community with which they are working. Each team will go through rigorous training at LFF headquarters, which will cover a wide range of disciplines such as fundamental business management to effective community development. Taught by experts in various fields, sections within the training will integrate both theoretical and experiential components to ensure a well rounded, and holistic approach.
LFF businesses are intended to reach sustainable profitability in 2 to 3 years, but sustainability involves much more than simply the bottom line. We use the term sustainable in reference to the holistic positive impact we desire for our business to have upon the local economy, environment, and community. LFF establishes businesses that impact the local economy by creating jobs, developing sustainable markets, and establishing market-driven infrastructure that encourages sustainable usage of local resources. LFF establishes businesses that promote local accountability of resources and are committed to utilizing these resources in a sustainable manner. LFF establishes businesses that create value within a community through job creation, development partnerships, and an emphasis upon nurturing indigenous leadership and stewardship.
Whether community impact initiatives take the shape of water wells, education, or medical treatment, LFF is committed to providing services to the community in which they conduct business that benefit the local community. We seek to partner with existing organizations and entities to fulfill such endeavors. We lead with the question, “What do local community members bring to the equation?” in helping to evaluate needs and appropriate solutions. We seek to introduce partners who will pass on expertise in specific development areas to locals to ensure a sustainable and intentional impact model.
We believe that individuals, cultures, and communities are designed to flourish. We also recognize there are many realities that work against such flourishing, sometimes more recognizable in the places we choose to serve. Our vision is rooted in the hope that a global work of renewal and restoration is advancing, and our businesses and initiatives are intended to serve within that trajectory. Through these endeavors, we aim to partner with people who embrace the vision and values that motivate our work, committing to walk in them as leaders within their own communities who serve to replicate, equip, and increase as it is appropriate for them to do so within each unique setting.