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Review for READ (Rural Education and Development) Global, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I visited over 10 READ funded libraries throughout Nepal, sitting and speaking with the community elders and volunteers of the libraries as well as many of the people running the small businesses that were funding the ongoing operations of these libraries. That trip was the catalyst event that inspired me to take a more active role in working with sustainable non profit and impact organizations. The READ staff in country had an incredible connection to, and understanding of, each of the communities the libraries/community centers were located and worked to help them overcome organizational challenges any start up venture would encounter. They offered the perfect mix of development know-how and cultural awareness. It was an exciting and inspirational hands on trip and I would advise anyone interested in studying a sustainable social impact model sign up to go. Tim Morgan

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Review for READ (Rural Education and Development) Global, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Toni Neubauer while investigating non-profits who use sustainable business models within their frameworks.
Toni suggested that if I truly wanted to understand the dynamics of creating sustainable community projects that I join her and others on a trek through Nepal to visit several of the READ libraries. This was not my first time doing this type of travel but it did cement my beliefs about how critically important it is to create and support organizations like READ Global. We visited libraries throughout Nepal, met with volunteers, community leaders and more importantly the local families and individuals who operated the micro businesses that READ helped foster to help support the local library. These entrepreneurs were genuinely interested in hearing about ideas to improve their businesses or how to create new ones. As a career investment banker there is no doubt in my heart that READ has a powerful and sustainable model that will work in many regions beyond Nepal, Bhutan and India.

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

I met and spent time with, families and business owners and experienced the results within the communities that READ was involved in. These people described to our group specifically how their lives and their children's lives were being positively effected not only by access to the library learning centers but how the library was an important learning resource for farmers and entrepreneurs.

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

This model works extremely well because they are transparent and pragmatic about mistakes and learning from them. The know how to help empower and support individuals within each community in order to achieve successful outcomes.

Role:  Donor & I visited over 10 libraries in Nepal, meeting with library staff, business owners, children and local farmers asking and answering questions about business practices and community development campaigns.