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Freedom From Hunger
May 29, 2010

As a venture capitalist, I have seen first hand what can happen when the flow of capital is directed to energetic and motivated entrepreneurs. When I first heard about Freedom From Hunger and its Credit with Education program, I wondered if the role of microfinance in the third world might possess similar characteristics and if it could help raise living standards. So I traveled to Haiti seven years ago to observe how Freedom From Hunger pursues its mission and to find out if it was successful. I discovered to my amazement that indeed microloans made to women to help fund their small businesses, when coupled with business or health education, are a powerful economic force. Instead of being a program that gives people fish, Credit with Education teaches people how to fish and lends them the capital to make it happen. The result is a sustainable increase in living standards. I joined Freedom From Hunger right after that trip and have been an enthusiastic supporter ever since.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal visits to Haiti, Mali and Bolivia. I have witnessed first hand how Freedom From Hunger focuses on the poorest of the poor women in villages across the globe and makes a profound difference in their lives and those of their families.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I served as Treasurer and Trustee of the organization and made personal visits to its operations in Haiti, Mali and Bolivia.