Question. What does your business do?
Tribe + Glory empowers and activates female entrepreneurs to achieve self-sustainability through relationship, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurship. Our entrepreneurship training model empowers women to live above the poverty line and create for themselves a sustainable income. At the heart, our main mission is to equip women with the necessary skills to achieve their dreams, and become agents of transformation in their communities.
Question. How does mission intersect with business?
Our mission intersects with business in different ways. First, although we are a non-profit with a central mission, we believe in running T+G with top notch business principles. Second, we ultimately view T+G as a stepping stool for women in the program to use as a means to start their own business and transform the lives of their families. We believe in the power of entrepreneurs and locally run businesses to pull communities out of poverty and strive to empower female entrepreneurs around the world to chase their business dreams.
Tribe + Glory is a total outworking of us looking to seek the kingdom first in everything we do. We know the Father has such a heart for the poor and the broken and we believe Tribe + Glory is a means of carrying the Hope of the gospel for both this life and eternity to communities. It is a constant prayer that we would be building and encouraging a radical and community changing kingdom culture in our work ethic and business model. Every working day is underpinned with prayer and we keep in central in all our work to commit each day to God.
Question. What one piece of advice do you have for others interested in a social enterprise?
We love to hold on to the desire to have a united drive towards excellence in every area of our business and impact. Just because we are a non-profit doesn’t mean we should lower our standards of how our business can stand in its own right! We are always looking for new ways of making our business more innovative and efficient so that we can maximise the impact we have through our programs on ground! We believe in pursuing excellence in areas ranging from product design to budgeting to management.
Question. What partnership opportunities or resources are you looking for?
We are always looking to build links both on ground with community based organizations looking to increase their women’s empowerment capacities in Uganda, as well as US links to marketing and sales resources. Tribe + Glory is a team of dream chasers and we absolutely love meeting and collaborating with other big dreamers who share our desires to create community transforming, sustainable change. We’d love to hear from you!
How Can I Support or Be Involved?
Glad you asked! Join Tribe + Glory at its Dinin', Dancin' and Supportin' Event on August 3rd! Where social entrepreneurs in Houston and abroad will be celebrated. The festivities will include a silent auction, amazing food and live performances.
For tickets or more information, click here.
I'm super excited to start a new feature, where every month I'll highlight someone I've had the privilege of working with. This month I had the chance to ask Larry Hill a few questions about his amazing business connecting youth sports athletes and universities.
Question. What Does Your Business Do?
My Crop Sports is a service for young athletes and their families around the world who want to be a mature scholar-athlete. Our feature service is an app-to-map of youth sports highlights and athletes around the world. Other services include consulting, athletic training, community service, and spiritual growth. Our end goal is to find hidden talent and connect those athletes with universities around the world.
Question. How Does Mission Intersect With
The mission is the heart and passion of what I do day in and day out. The business is what I do day in and day out. When my heart and actions are aligned good things are bound to happen.
Question. What one piece of advice do you
Do not chase money. Our bottom line is different than the traditional business model. I'm not willing to sacrifice my integrity, my character, or betray the trust of the community to make a larger profit margin. Often, there's a temptation to set aside the true mission to chase down financial opportunities that I am more than capable of capitalizing on. A true social entrepreneur can have faith that by doing the good deeds God will provide.
Question. What partnership opportunities
Last week we were blessed to cosponsor an event with the Harris county-Houston Sports Authority. More than 20 Olympic athletes came together on Olympic Day to promote the Olympic values among 400 kids in Houston's 5th Ward. We are also an official consultant for the 2017 Houston World Corporate Games; the largest Multi-sport event for employees in the world. My previous position, as research professor at the University of Houston, has allowed me to hone my expertise for aligning institutional resources with communities opportunities. What we are lacking is the financial capital to make the most out of the opportunities that are presented. My wife and I bootstrapped 99% of My Crop Sports. The statistics are clear that minority-owned Tech businesses fail to receive sufficient capital to launch our businesses. Well, this is the very barrier we are striving to overcome. We have a great credit score, paid off all of our loans (except home), and completed my terminal degree (Ph.D. UH-2011 and MBA CSULB-2005). However, the barrier still exists. I am tired of being Rumpelstiltskin. I've been asked to make straw into gold so many times. At some point someone is going to hand me a piece of gold and tell me to make something great out of it.