What does $25 buy you? Dinner for two? Movie and a popcorn? The ways we spend $25 are endless and happen everyday without even thinking about. Instead, we pooled our $25 and were able to buy an opportunity for a new life for family.
Kickstart International Wins December’s Vote
The Poverty Busters Giving Circle is intent on helping people help themselves out of poverty, because we know that “the poor” are capable when given access to the tools and the opportunities. Despite good intentions, giving poor people free stuff undermines their self-confidence, self-respect, perpetuates the cycle of poverty, and is a bad idea for several other reasons.
Kickstart International fits our philosophy perfectly. They sell a subsidized water pump to rural African farms. Because of this pump, the farmer can reliably irrigate his or her crops resulting in a reliable food source for the family and a reliable food surplus to sell to others. Not wanting to deprive locals of jobs, they partner with local shops to market and sell the pumps resulting in even more economic opportunity.
They have an absolute focus on lifting people out of poverty through market economics and have the most impressive results tracking system we’ve seen. They don’t just say that they’ve helped 606,800 people out of poverty and created 121,400 new businesses. They have the data to back it up. You can read the full scope of their impact and their methodology at their website.