Economic Development

Economic Development

Everyone deserves the chance to determine their own future.

Around the world, intelligence and ability are evenly distributed, but opportunity is not. This unequal distribution of opportunity – including access to investment capital, markets, jobs, and education – leads to significant economic disparities, both within and among countries, and prevents underserved populations from realizing their potential. By increasing access to these resources, we aim to give individuals the opportunity to work their way out of poverty and uplift their communities.

More About Our Work in Economic Development

In East Africa, where much of the population is reliant on agriculture to sustain their livelihoods and support their families, most smallholder farmers have the drive but lack the resources needed to maximize their harvests and profits. In Latin America and Asia, the lack of opportunities for education and employment often prevent the poor from working their way out of poverty. In Haiti, many artisans, entrepreneurs, and small business owners have the desire to succeed but lack the resources and connections to grow and sustain operations.

In all of these regions, people often have the intelligence and ability to succeed but simply lack the opportunity to do so. Our work is guided by the belief that all people should have the tools they need to live the most productive and prosperous lives. Together with diverse partners across the globe, our programs and partnerships connect people to tools and resources that can help them improve their health, livelihoods, environment, and communities – now and into the future.