day 5 | gift 5: integrity + turbines
Since its inception in Madbury, New Hampshire,Turbocam was committed to missional job creation and support. However, after four years its founder, Marian Noronha decided to launch Turbocam India Pvt. Ltd. to finance mission activities of a local Indian church with whom he had a relationship, and impact their community with Kingdom business practice, principles and outcomes.
Noronha’s decision to operate his software applications and turbomachinery manufacturing firm, with Kingdom integrity informed his refusal to pay bribes in a political economic system that thrived on them. Turbocam’s no-bribe policy delayed its launch and commercial progress. It took four years to acquire the necessary permits to import their first milling machine - a critical competitive advantage in their manufacturing process. Whenever they submitted requisite paperwork, new forms would surface for submission paired with persistent harassment. When the machine was finally allowed to enter India, it was delayed again at the airport for three months. However Turbobam remained resolute in its conviction knowing, the machine’s delicate components were deteriorating at the airport without climate-controlled storage. Turbocam eventually had to import a replacement machine, this time through a port in another city. The persistent challenge with community corruption consistently slowed Turbocam’s progress for the next six years.
Breakthrough finally came in Turbocam seventh year with large orders from business partners in high growth sectors. Since then Turbocam has experienced exponential sales growth. However in their years of struggle, Turbocam consistently supported local mission activities: sharing relevant employee expertise within the community, and supporting mission activities financially. As it prospered, Turbocam initiated its own community impact including: installing safe water systems in orphanages and schools, financing nurses training, employing freed slaves, and providing micro-loans in slum communities. Recently, Turbocam launched a Kingdom Enterprise Training program, a bi-annual, three month residential training and mentorship program for young entrepreneurs in missional business.
Soon after, a prominent national newspaper’s series on anti-corruption, profiled Turbocam’s no bribe stance. The President of the industrial estate where a Turbocam plant was located, made the series required reading and practice of all other estate businesses. Since then government and business leadership has invited Turbocam to head anti-corruption policy groups and activities. They also awarded Turbocam a prestigious award for citizen action and social justice. Turbocam’s Kingdom integrity and compassion has given it a power voice.
In standing persistently for Kingdom integrity, Turbocam impacted business practice and resourced critical community development.
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