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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Human Services, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance

Mission: Building prosperity in vulnerable global communities.

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 small businesses to create new jobs, providing the best way out of poverty; and 3) by creating a culture of business-led community charity. In 2013-2014, 137 small businesses in the Thriive family across our 5 global programs served over 66,000 of the most vulnerable in their communities with donations of job training, products, and services; created 874 new full and part-time jobs, and saw over 72% of fully repaid Thriive businesses voluntarily continue with community charity.

Target demographics: build prosperity in vulnerable global communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 137 Thriive small businesses created nearly 900 jobs and donated job training and products to over 66,000 impoverished individuals.

Geographic areas served: Vietnam, Kenya, Palestine, Nicaragua, and Guatemala

Programs: At Thriive we inspire a culture of giving in challenged developing world communities and offer a sustainable way out of poverty by helping small businesses to create new jobs. As we help small businesses grow with needed capital, they pay forward this assistance by donating an equivalent value of products, services, and job training to the most vulnerable in their communities, helping make them more resilient and self-reliant.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did my internship in Thriive Hanoi. What an amazing experience! Friendly working enviroment, meaningful activities, interesting people. I love the way Thriive help society by inspiring people. So happy to be here

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Huyen Nguyen. I have worked as program manager of Thriive in Hanoi, Vietnam for over four years. What I have seen in Thriive is the amazing transformation of entrepreneurs we work with from small and less confident into bigger, stronger, and more socially responsible businesses that create social impacts. Male and female business owners have been empowered to become a force for good in their communities by hiring unemployed people and providing important donations such as food, clothing, furniture, clean water and live-changing job training opportunities for the most needy people. The experience is so amazing that will inspire my long-term dedication and commitment to work with the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Business Co-Owner of Con Ve Thriive business 2015, I would like to thank all you guy to support us in our business. We a doing in psychological studies and support to children with autism. With strongly support from Thriive, we can share a lot of things ( including knowledge and a part of training cost) with poor family who has children with autism.

Thank you again and hope all you guy keep up your good work to help another poor person in over the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization with great local teams and a real focus on building small businesses and promothing their social engagement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having had the opportunity to follow the development of Thriives concept for many years, what impresses the most is:
- the successful application of the model in new places, proving that the concept is universal
- the solid follow up including what is happening with the businesses supported after the "pay back" period
- the development of a culture to improve, move forward

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Thriive since 2010. I joined the Board because I completely believe in the mission of the organization. As an international organization, Thriive does not dictate to the implementing organizations to do what the organization thinks should be done, rather, it empowers the implementing partners to be the leader as they have the contextual knowledge and understanding of reality on the ground. The Board is proactive and very engaged in the work of Thriive around the world. It’s a real pleasure to serve on the Board of Thriive and I look forward to the time when Thriive’s work is adopted as a model on how to best invigorate small businesses around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have recently returned from visiting several businesses which THRIIVE supports in the Palestinian territories. THRIIVE works with the Small Enterprise Center in Ramallah to identify viable businesses and then to offer consulting services as well as funds. Emphasis is on promoting entrepreneurship among women and providing training, internships and job growth. The money is not repaid to THRIIVE, but goods and services are "paid forward" to needy nonprofits. We witnessed the smiles on the faces of orphans as they received delicious yogurt and baked goods from two THRIIVE supported businesses. The most promising part of the program is that this philanthropy continues after the loan is repaid. THRIIVE is building a culture of philanthropy where little existed before. We visited a greenhouse where organic produce is grown, a sewing business producing piecework and an olive oil soap business producing impressive herbal varieties of soap. All had created jobs and were owned by women.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Thriive's model combines capital, technical assistance, community understanding and network building to grow small businesses, create jobs, improve lives and build new socially responsible business networks. Arthur Schultz's original vision has grown to address an important vacuum in the small and growing business space - the program's ability to scout talent through local partners, continually innovate on delivery of technical assistance and pay attention to the role of women and the environment as they grow is impressive. - Tory Dietel Hopps

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the directors of this foundation for many years and have traveled with Erik and Linn to the Occupied Territories in Isreal to see their projects. They have local managers who monitor the work and impact on the local communities. Their "pay-it-forward" approach encourages empathy and generosity in a very unique and meaningful way.

Because I am the director of a private foundation, I have many years experience visiting and evaluating projects worldwide and feel confident in the choices and policies of Thriive.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thriive is an innovative, professionally managed, and committed social entrepenneurial organization to fund and work with. Their creatiive concept of "pay-it-forward" loans is relatively unique in my experience of grantmaking and micro-credit loans. By finding organizations and companies that will produce a service or product that can be useful to the local community, they help to enhance the concept of localized, direct, small scale philanthropy where it most counts- right at the neighborhood, village, or regional level. Grant dollars are therefore leveraged multiple times, and most important, the decision-making is in-country by local people. By focusing on capital loans they are able to make the transaction accountable to its intention, which is to "pay forward" the principal and intrest into the community. I believe that they have worked hard to monitor the loans and ensure that the goods and services do get released into the community.