Who We Are
We aspire to end poverty so that all may have life and have it abundantly.
We mobilize long-term, hands-on global relationships to form a powerful Christian network that uses business as the way to create flourishing economic environments in all parts of the world.
What We Do
Partners Worldwide creates partnerships with local community institutions to provide mentoring, training, access to capital, and advocacy. We build up permanent local capacity designed to catalyze entrepreneurs and job creators, and to celebrate business as a calling to do God’s work.
Exceptional Service | And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Innovation | Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!” Luke 9:60
Never Give Up | Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Walk Alongside | Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
Embrace God’s Calling | God creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Ephesians 2:10
Contagious | And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
Partners Worldwide began with a simple question: “Is there a way for businesspeople to become part of the solution to ending poverty, instead of being seen as part of the problem?”
In 1994, Partners for Christian Development, now Partners Worldwide, was formed when Kenyan and American business people met to establish a loan fund for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), a business savings and loan cooperative, and partnerships between entrepreneurs.
Partners for Christian Development grew out of World Renew (then Christian Reformed World Relief Committee). In 2005, responding to the increasing need to engage business people and professionals, Partners Worldwide was established as an independent faith-based business ministry, though it continues to partner with the Christian Reformed Church.
Partners Worldwide has expanded beyond its East Africa beginnings, and currently has active partnerships in 27 countries on four continents around the world.