What We Do

About Us

With Purpose, Products, And People

What We Do

About Us

With Purpose, Products, And People

There is an African word, Ubuntu, which means: ” We are someone because of the relationships we have in our lives.” Business Connect is a business that has risen out of the experiences of living in several African countries, raising family there, having friends across many cultures and languages. We are connected. More importantly we seek the benefit of others.

Business Connect - Our Values

Giving Hope

Giving Hope

Our Values

Our purpose is to give hope to the impoverished, by creating employment, in the marketing of life enhancing products, within a business model that is sustainable and environmentally balanced. Our values define who we are: Employment, Faith, Profit and Transparency. Our team members come from various business backgrounds and we embrace business with enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. Our lives reflect decades of service, both locally and internationally. We seek a great network, more encompassing, more resources, increasing impact.

Lou Haveman

Co-Founder of Business Connect

Business Connect - Our History

Established

Established

Our History

Founded in 2010, Business Connect is a social enterprise (L3C) committed to providing citizens living in developing countries with affordable and easy access to essential resources, such as water and light, to strengthen education, health and economic growth opportunities within the communities it serves.

Working with more than 65 countries across Africa, Asia and Central and South America, Business Connect is an organisation mobilizing  people to achieve their goals through business opportunities and supplying the world with life-enhancing green technologies.

Established

Established

Our History

Founded in 2010, Business Connect is a social enterprise (L3C) committed to providing citizens living in developing countries with affordable and easy access to essential resources, such as water and light, to strengthen education, health and economic growth opportunities within the communities it serves.

Working with more than 65 countries across Africa, Asia and Central and South America, Business Connect is an organisation mobilizing  people to achieve their goals through business opportunities and supplying the world with life-enhancing green technologies.

Business Connect - Our History
Business Connect - Our Purpose

What Drives Us

What Drives Us

Our Purpose

There is a saying, “People don’t know what they don’t know.” More than 1 billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. Another 2.7 billion struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day. Poverty in the global South, however, goes far beyond income poverty. It means having to walk more than one mile everyday simply to collect water and firewood; it means suffering diseases that were eradicated from which countries decades ago. Every year 11 million children die-most under the age of 5 and more than 6 million from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Our work has risen out of the experiences of living in several African countries, raising family there, having friends across many cultures and languages. We embrace a multi-dimensional bottom line approach committed to employment, profit sharing, transparency and faith.

Global

Our International Experience

The founders of Business Connect, Lou and Jan Haveman, have lived and worked in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa. They visited well over a dozen African countries. Their children were born in Africa. They now call Michigan their home.

Business connect was formed to create hope through business. With over 30 years of community development experience in training and empowering people in the developing world, we want to see people develop greater capacity to meet their own needs in sustainable ways.

Helping Local Entrepreneurs

We continuously seek to move from being good-hearted, well-intentioned people doing wonderful things to trying to find a way to turn things over to a self-sustaining model from day one. Our goal is to bring life-enhancing products to the ‘last mile’ – creating local entrepreneurs who, in turn, create healthier communities. We partner with many social enterprises, schools, missions and NGOs to identify and then build the capacity of these entrepreneurs.

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Business Connect - Helping Those in Need

Access To Clean Water

The majority of people living in poverty in the global South live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water or firewood for their family. Not only do these tasks keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick. Access to clean water and clean light means education, income and health – especially for women and kids.

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Sustainable Communities

Business Connect is seeking new ways to engage, empower and mobilize people living in the global South to create healthier and sustainable communities. Families living at the last mile do not realise that cooking with kerosene is bad for their health nor do they realise that drinking dirty water may cause them harm. By educating the younger generation – mostly orphans and disadvantaged youth – we want to also educate caregivers about the benefits of utilising clean resources that will help reduce mortality rates experienced in impoverished communities.

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Business Connect - Our Products

Life-Enhancing

Life-Enhancing

Our Products

Business Connect features a wide assortment of essential and environmentally safe, life-enhancing products to benefit families living in crisis in developing countries.

Our Team

Our Skilled Leaders

Business Connect is composed of a international team determined to maximize the availability of products, providing communities in the developing world or in crisis with greater access to essential and life enhancing resources. We are three staff but when we say our team we include our valuable distributors and representatives around the world.

Lou Haveman

Lou Haveman

CO-OWNER / DIRECTOR

Lou has lived and worked in four different African countries over two decades. In 2010, he and his wife, Jan, established Business Connect, a life-enhancing product company to benefit families in crisis in the global south. After working five years with Partners Worldwide, Lou has combined his business and development experience to bring successful businessmen and emerging entrepreneurs together in partnership.
Jeff Haveman

Jeff Haveman

CO-OWNER / MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jeff was born and raised in Nigeria. He has an extensive business and leadership background developed during more than 20 years in real estate and insurance industries. He also served four years in the U.S. Military as an aviation technician.

Jereme Lambert

CO-OWNER / DIRECTOR

Jereme has 20 years of ministry experience as a pastor and volunteer and has served in a variety of business leadership positions from general manager to finance manager. His passion led him to volunteer with numerous community and ministry collaborative groups.

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