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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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


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


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.


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!


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.