How we are transforming education

The School-Business Model

In 2016, through our innovative model:

  • 50,000 students gained lasting skills and practical experience helping them to succeed in school and preparing them to succeed in the workplace and business.
  • 3,412 teachers inspired their students through a fun and innovative learning journey in a real-life business. They join a national and global network of inspirational teachers.
  • 5,293 schools set up school businesses that became exciting hubs for learning.
  • School businesses generated over US$500,000 income to improve education for students, or support a social cause.

Through participating in their school business in 2016

Through participating in their school business in 2016

  • 85% of students wanted to come to school more
  • 87% of student entrepreneurs felt confident about setting up their own business in the future and showed business knowledge that was significantly above non-participating students
  • 89% of students felt that they had gained relevant transferable life skills
  • 92% of teachers felt that they had used new teaching methods

Irakoze Joseph studies at Liba Secondary School, Rwanda

Joseph, 15, comes from a very poor family in rural Rwanda. Last year he did odd jobs before school for cash to help his mother pay the schooling costs for himself and his sister.

Then, Teach A Man To Fish started working with students and teachers at Joseph’s school in Rwanda to set up a real business. Joseph immediately joined the Liba School business team and with 29 other students started learning exciting new practical skills. In 6 months, the school poultry business was selling eggs and chickens to local cafes. The income bought school books and uniforms for poorer students.

Joseph learnt about running a successful business and about poultry and egg production through his school’s poultry business. This year Joseph set up his own small business with just three chickens. Joseph uses the income he gets from selling 21 eggs every week to pay for school books and shoes for himself and his sister.

Joseph gained the confidence to start his own chicken and egg business from working in his school business

Our Impact in Numbers


of student entrepreneurs who left school in Uganda 2015/2016 found a decent job or set up their own business within 3 months.

The national average is only 25%!


of student entrepreneurs felt they had become problem-solvers.
Student entrepreneurs, and especially girls showed problem-solving skills significantly above non-participants


of graduates from La Bastilla, Nicaragua 2015 are in further education, have a decent job or have set up their own profit-making business

Read our impact report