Lean Frontiers has been involved in work around the globe helping impact the lives of others by sharing knowledge and skills to improve the lives, societies, and economies through projects involving lean skills and behaviors while underpinned by Christian principles and practices. Our Faith and skills can help many people achieve success for themselves, their families, and their societies.
The Kafakumba Pastors School began in Congo, Africa, over 50 years ago. From it has sprung a huge variety of work, projects, development, and, of course, decades of training Pastors in Central Africa. Since the Pastors School has been anchored in Zambia for the past 20 years many missional works and economic development projects have grown from it and continue to grow and expand; and most importantly, directly impact the lives of Africans.
Learn more about what's happening with Central Africa and the Kafakumba Pastors School
KAFAKUMBA PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
KAFAKUMBA PASTORS SCHOOL INTRODUCTION
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY AND SCHOOL
KAFAKUMBA DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FUND
OTHER ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
THE NEXT GENERATION CONTINUES THE WORK
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Global Engagement Articles
By Garek Huntzinger
In June of 2017, I spent a little over five weeks in Zambia, Africa on a self-led internship. I left home on May 25th, and got home on July 6th. This was my forth time visiting Africa, but the first time I stayed more than two weeks and the first time I worked there. The previous times had been visits with my father and sister. We were visiting the Enrights. My family has been close friends with them for many years. While I worked on their farm called Rivendell, I learned many things about the culture in Zambia, and how different …
Self-Creating Capital with help from Lean and the Free Market
by Jim Huntzinger
In July 2016, my children and I returned to Zambia, Africa. The changes seem to come slow with each trip but they also come with a significant impact. The honey business is booming and has been doubling in output with each harvest (there are approximately 2.5 harvests per year). Sales internal to Zambia and several surrounding countries have substantially increased, as well as contracts with European export. As a result, the number of villagers earning income from honey harvests has increased to over 17,000; …
Spreading Hope by Creating Wealth
by Jim Huntzinger
In August 2009 and August 2013 my children and I spent two weeks in Zambia, Africa. We were visiting and helping some close family friends that are missionaries. John and Kendra Enright are not typical missionaries. While they do have a very nice training center, the Kafakumba Training Center, which is used for a pastor school, family activities and other community events, the main focus and thrust of their work is setting up indigenous economic development. John has always…
Leaning Outside of Work
by Linn Asbury
Even with a teensy knowledge of LEAN, you’ll know about the method called the “Five Why’s”; it is used to explore cause and effect relationships underlying a specific problem. I’m blessed to be involved in a mission project doing community transformation work in a remote, impoverished part of western Kenya in the village of Kager.
Each year Basha Enterprises has been ushering dozens of females out of human trafficking, into work with dignity. Through direct coaching they skill women up to be capable of the production of artisanal textile goods. In a culture that discards used cloth, women “learn to see” valuable bits, re-purposing them into new items of value. Training makes possible the creative beauty and power in work. Robin Seyfert is Managing Director of Basha Enterprises, Ltd., a nonprofit vocational-training-based manufacturer in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During a visit to Indiana to join in the Skillpoint for Job Instruction Workshop, she stopped in the Lean Frontiers Studio to discuss her work.
Robin Seyfert talks with us about lean thinking, TWI, and rescuing victims of human trafficking
HOW IT STARTED
THE PRODUCTION STRUGGLE
THE CREATION OF BASHA BOUTIQUE
THE TWI CONNECTION
TWI APPLIED THUS FAR
TWI AND MOVING FORWARD