Ending Global Poverty Begins with One Person

Every choice we make has an impact that ripples out farther. As we fight to alleviate global poverty, we are reminded of the chain that is created when we help just one person.

Through the Empowering Women program in Bihar, India, 40 women will receive business training so they can turn their existing struggling businesses into thriving businesses that sell products internationally.

But it doesn’t stop there. Each of those 40 women has a family. She probably has at least two children. When her business flourishes, she is able to provide for her family. She will be able to afford for her children to go to school. Her children will gain an education, become literate, and have a better future. These children will go on to have kids who will also be able to attend school; and the financial stability ripples onward.

No one action is isolated. If one woman is funded to go through the training program, she lifts her entire family out of poverty, and creates a stable foundation for all her descendants to come.

The training helps the individuals and the families, but also the community. As the financial state of families improves through the success of the businesses, Bihar will also obtain increasing economic strength. When the businesses start selling their products internationally, a door is opened for more money flow in Bihar. Today, the businesses are only selling to local people; money doesn’t leave the villages, and money doesn’t come in. It's essentially trading hands over and over again. But in the future, opportunities for ecommerce will improve the economy on a larger scale, thus helping lift the entire community out of poverty, too.

Ending poverty isn’t an overnight thing. It’s going to take time, but we have to start somewhere. Let’s start with the 40 women and their families.

So far, we have raised $4,685. The entire program costs $23,000. Let’s do the math. If each of the 40 women are supporting two other people, that means 120 people will be directly lifted out of poverty through the program. This means it takes $190 to lift a person out of poverty, or $575 to empower a woman to lift her whole family out of poverty. That’s a small amount of money when you think about the immeasurable impact it will have.

We still need to raise $18,315. If 100 people donated just $10, we’d be $1,000 closer to our goal. Want to help us get there?

By partnering with us, you can empower a woman in Bihar, India to change the cycle of poverty for the future of her family. Be a part of this change and consider giving financially today.

100 percent of your donations go directly to India to support job creation efforts.


Charlotte Van Werven
Charlotte Van Werven


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