A group in the Bogotá church has an idea that makes sense in their community: a commercial cleaning business. Your donations will purchase the initial equipment and supplies to launch the business — which already has businesses and shopping malls interested in hiring Herlinda (see below) and the team!
In Bogotá, like most major cities, there are many people needing employment — and many people and businesses needing services provided. The Bogotá Free Methodist Church has created a cleaning company business plan which will allow several families in the church to generate sustainable livelihood — with a plan to grow and expand!
Herlinda, a woman in the church, has expertise in this type of work and has taken the lead on creating the business plan. It is a project of the whole church, though. Pastor Libni Gasca writes, “People from our church as business administrators, publicists, graphic designers, and accountants have been offering their time and knowledge in the structuring of the project. None of us charge for this, but on the contrary, we have put at the disposal of Herlinda all the equipment, human resources and administrators. And, it is our plan to continue doing this until the company becomes self-supporting.”
These in-kind and service contributions are a significant investment by the church and its people, and SEED is proud to have assisted in some small way with the business plan creation and now with raising startup capital for the initial equipment purchases.
This SEED Capital venture also follows our recommended practice of having 5% of the funds generated go into a community fund to invest in the development of new business projects or in hiring new personnel.
$20 – Cleaning supplies, $50 – Office equipment, $80 – Staff salaries, $100 – Utilities and administration, $500 – Cleaning equipment