My nonprofit has been working in Burkina Faso, West Africa for six years. We research and develop empowerment projects to aid people in improving their own life. We assist with education and training in skills to allow the individual to earn an income which elevates the health and education of the entire family. We provide supplies, tools and equipment to begin a small enterprise and teach good business practices. We have been very successful in these efforts and received the 2016 Hero award from Billion Acts of Peace. These efforts have led to good relations between very different groups of people and have also lessened the frustration and hopelessness of the marginalized populations leading to greater contentment and peace. When populations are oppressed, marginalized and struggling they are more likely to react with force in an attempt to gain what they need. When they have no options for change and no hope, people feel they have no power or choices and they will more likely to react in negative or even violent ways towards others.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Education, Enterprise Development, Finance and Investment, Health, Inclusive Business Models, Nutrition, Partnerships, Peace and Commerce, Social Enterprise, Trade, Water, Women and Business
Dawn, we would love to help you empower more women. I am working with Business Connect to help them bring sustainable business opportunities to under resourced women and youth in developing countries. Lou Haveman grew up in Africa and his children were born there. He knows the importance of establishing relationships in these communities that are developed upon trust. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website for more information. Thanks for connecting! Pam
Dear Dawn, I am based in Abuja and I work with IDPs, help them bring sustainable business opportunities to them, mainly in the energy sector (cooking and lighting). Any ideas from you on how to scale up the initiative would be welcome..Regards.. Krishnan
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