This program is implemented in partnership with Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston, MA, under the leadership of program director Rev. Brian Gearin. The Network works to transition families from subsistence living to a lifestyle of choice in academic, professional, and financial pursuits. The Network instructs participants in financial literacy and business concepts, training them to build successful small businesses that will generate a liveable income for their families and provide needed goods and services to their communities.
Participants meet every week for 26 weeks with their peer group and facilitator. This weekly interaction and guidance provides the instruction and support needed to complete the curriculum, draw up the business plan, meet the savings commitment, and resolve difficulties. The one-year, post-graduate training provides further support and instruction during monthly meetings. Graduates are a prime source for future business education cycles, as they make important recommendations for changes in the program and serve as mentors to new entrepreneurs.