Yem-b (which stands for ‘Your end, my beginning) provides much-needed business mentorship, enterprise, and supplier development opportunities
Hard-working crafters deserve the best chance to make a decent, fair living from their talents. The reality is that most skills or enterprise development programs don’t provide a holistic solution and learners are left to their own devices without the continued mentorship and safe environments they need to succeed.
Yem-b (which stands for ‘Your end, my beginning) provides much-needed business mentorship, enterprise, and supplier development opportunities to deserving graduates from Knoop Academy, a non-profit skills development program.
Every Knoop Academy program always delivers a star graduate or two but when the skills training ends they are often not quite ready to run their own businesses solo and sadly, many fail.
Yem-b was formed to bridge this gap and give young businesses sheltered exposure to markets, business management, mentorship, and product development. The program consists of advanced business training workshops, creative workshops, mentorship and additional skills training.
Once learners have completed their program, crafters can sustainably service developed markets, have the tools needed to expand into their own markets and manage their businesses successfully. Crafters who continue to deliver quality products are given the opportunity to make products that we sell under the Yem-b brand.
Why we exist
Knoop Academy & Yem-b exist because we want committed crafters to believe that they can change their circumstances using their God-given talents.
For many of our crafters, we believed they could long before they believed it themselves. We are inspired by their incredible creativity and talent, and it makes us leap out of bed every day.
We notice shooting stars and help them on their way to being launched.
We beam with pride when we see crafters use the business skills we taught them to explore other business opportunities.
Many of our Knoop graduates are earning an income from businesses they never dreamt of before.
We are because we believe that everyone is worthy of believing they can, even when no one else thinks they should or could. At Yem-b we instill accountability and hope. We inspire creativity. We don’t teach, we empower the talent that is already within our crafters to become self-sustainable, accountable, and inspiring humans.
When you buy a Yem-b product you join our tapestry of bringing hope and self-worth to someone who truly deserves it!
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