Thriive

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: PO Box 5339 Ketchum ID 83340 USA

Mission: Building prosperity and local philanthropy in developing countries.
Results: Thriive impacts global communities in 3 ways: 1) with charitable donations of job training, products, and services by Thriive businesses to vulnerable community members; 2) by helping Thriive businesses create new jobs, providing the best way out of poverty; and 3) by creating a culture of business-led community philanthropy. In 2011-2012, 101 small businesses in the Thriive family across our 5 global programs served over 77,000 of the most vulnerable in their communities with donations of job training, products, and services; created 618 new full and part-time jobs, and saw over 52% of fully repaid Thriive businesses voluntarily continue with community charity.
Target demographics: Small businesses, typically with less than 12 employees, in challenged global communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 77,000 impoverished recipients received business donations of goods, services, and/or job training over the last 2 years. 101 currently active Thriive small businesses created 501 new full and part-time jobs over the same time period.
Geographic areas served: Vietnam, Kenya, Palestine, and Nicaragua
Programs: At Thriive we inspire a culture of philanthropy in challanged global communities and offer a sustainable way out of poverty by helping to create new jobs. As we help small businesses grow with needed capital, they pay forward this assistance by donating products, services, and job training to the most vulnerable in their communities. The majority of entrepreneurs are so inspired by the impact their gifts have on others that they continue to give, transforming themselves from someone in need to someone whose donations help fortify their community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been worked with Thriive as program manager for 4 years in Viet Nam. This is great time to provide support to small enterprises and doing charity programs to support the poor people in Viet Nam.
With enterprises, Thriive has provided encouragement loans to support their business plans for development. And the enterprises have responded Thriive’ support by donating their products and services to the poor. Besides organizing charity activities, they have been linked together to care needy people and to be more responsibility to society.
With poor people, we care and share their difficulties, try to support and creat good condition for a better life. Thousands of people were supported, receiving goods and care service from the program. There were many charity activities had been done such as giving clothes to poor pupils; pigs, chickens to poor farmers, offering iron roof to poor families, health care etc,…
The people were happy and excited with Thriive’support. Looking their happy smiles, the happy tears, the heartfelt thanks from the poor, I feel very happy. I myself thank you Thriive, thank you Board of Thriive who have found the program and help poor people in Viet Nam as well as other countries in the world.

I wish the project will continue to develop and I vote for Thriive

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

A unique aspect of this development model is the "doubling effect" of my contribution. A traditional grant to a micro- or small-enterprise project leads to increased employment and incomes for the poor beneficiaries. In this model, my funds not only increase employment and incomes in developing economies, they also deliver charitable goods and services to the under-served in the entrepreneurs' communities. The Thriive model promotes free enterprise, and at the same time, develops a local, business-culture of philanthropy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Given its current size and scale, there is nothing that I would change.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked as a consultant with Thriive on two past projects, and recently became a Thriive donor through 3rd Creek Foundation. In 2008, I conducted the first external evaluation of the Thriive program (then SMI) in Palestine and Vietnam. I was highly impressed observing the program model, which uses market-based solutions to improve communities and promote strong local cultures of philanthropic giving. Since that time, Thriive has expanded into two additional countries, Kenya and Nicaragua, and continues to progress in achieving scale and expanding impact. Thriive has established excellent partnerships with outstanding local organizations in each country of operation, which is also key to the program's success.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring the model to scale regionally.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a novel concept! Loans that actually BENEFIT society and individuals! Taking an individual, fostering their drive and creativity, and helping them to be productive citizens. Who then sell their products which create economic growth for them, their towns, and countries. Loans that create social responsibility with the pay it forward component and positive feelings. Thus creating a need for more workers. A very POSITIVE way of doing business. FINALLY!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

To me, Thriive encompasses the future of international development. The business loans provided in countries like Vietnam, Nicaragua, Palestine or Kenya help small businesses develop into to medium size businesses, create job- and training opportunities and require forward-paying returns on the loan. So their loans are paid back by recipients to their community - through donation of goods and/or training. A brilliant and unique concept which has helped and touched many already.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want Thriive to be as big and well known as Unicef...

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I used to work as manager of ThriiveCapital Loans program in Hue, Central Vietnam for two and a half years. Thriive focuses its resources on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs who show promise for job creation and income growth within the community. As a result, it did help to impove social and economic situation of both loan recipients and beneficiaries of charity goods and vocational training donation.

I am always proud to be a part of Thriive and look forward to having opportunities to work for this meaningful program again in the future.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a wonderful opportunity to spend a few days in Kenya to be a part of the business selection process. It was an extremely good feeling to watch these hard workers in their country get the help they need to thrive in their business and then pay it forward in their communities. This is a great concept that creates jobs and teaches businesses give back in order the help change the world.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to volunteer for Thriive for 2 years. It was a transformative experience. The work being performed is affecting change in a few locales, but this model has the potential to benefit communities throughout the world. The ability to enrich the lives of entrepreneurs in developing regions makes this program a winner for all involved.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated with Erik in the assessment of business applicants in Palestine. Seems the process of assesment, implementation and follow-through was very thorough. It doesn't take long hanging out with Erik to know he is very passionate about this program. What a success it has already been, imagine the results as it continues to grow!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very effective program, combines business development, job creation and charitable donations to the most needing ,in countries and areas that need it most.

Good quality- and program control through local partner, mixed with international supervision and benchmarking.

Well documented routines and impact/result reporting.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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