Eliminate Poverty NOW works directly at the local level to empower people -- giving them education, skills and opportunity to create significant change through their own initiative and hard work.

 

We take a business-like approach to get the most from every dollar.  We start small, measure results and only expand projects that create positive, sustainable change.

 

 

3-Pillar Approach

Economic Opportunity

 

We believe in economic empowerment. By providing individuals with entrepreneurial skills and the initial capital to start businesses, we can create dramatic and sustainable change.

 

Education

 

Education plays a decisive role in creating economic opportunity for the extreme poor. By providing greater academic opportunity and vocational training, we not only improve their lifetime earning potential, we affect everyone they touch.

Women's Empowerment

 

Giving women the skills and opportunity to earn income benefits them, their families and their communities. The money they earn is spent largely on food, clothing, shelter and education for the family. It’s a virtuous cycle where everyone benefits.

Featured  Projects

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Tackling poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the poorest country on earth.

Helping the brightest students from Kenya’s largest slum realize their dreams through higher education.

Showcasing what entrepreneurial young women can achieve when given the opportunity.

Other Projects

Millennium Promise

Halving the level of extreme poverty in the world.

Millennium Promise is dedicated to proving that the Millennium Development Goals are realistic and achievable. Founded by Jeff Sachs, a world famous economist at Columbia University, the project is improving the lives of half a million people in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Our focus with Millennium Promise has been on the first of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, halving the level of extreme poverty in the world. Over the years we have done a variety of projects together: funding a flour mill in Ethiopia, employing Israeli water technology for agricultural projects, funding an irrigated vegetable garden in Mali and a 300-metric ton warehouse in Uganda. Most recently we are sponsoring an innovative approach to providing affordable agriculture extension service to 5,000 smallholder farmers in Rwanda. Called the “Lead Farmers Project,” farmers are formed into associations of roughly 50 members each. The association elects a “lead farmer” to work with an agricultural extension agent, learning best agricultural and business practices. The “lead farmer” then shares his knowledge back to the group. The extension agent works directly with 10 “lead farmers” and through them reaches a total of 500 farmers. Using best practices, these farmers will significantly increase their yields and income.

Women's Sewing Centers

Diversifying women’s income generating skills.

As we visit with women in sub-Saharan Africa, we hear of the growing need for access to sewing machines. There’s a real opportunity to earn income by providing items like school uniforms, baby clothes, embroidered outfits, washable sanitary pads, etc. Many women already know how to sew, having learned from relatives or the local tailor, but many more want to learn. On average, a tailor earns over $200/month. This is a tremendous income given that the extreme poor live on less than one dollar per day. To meet this need, Eliminate Poverty NOW has established or supported women’s sewing centers in Niger, Senegal, and Kenya. These centers serve as vocational schools where women can learn how to sew under the guidance of master tailors and use sewing machines to earn income. At graduation, each woman has access to a loan at reasonable rates to buy her own sewing machine. When women repay their loans, the funds are used to support new women graduates in a virtuous cycle.

Pads for Peace

Enhancing girls’ lifetime earning potential.

African girls are half as likely to be enrolled in school as their brothers and those that begin primary school often don’t finish. They get married early and have children while they are still children themselves. There are many cultural and economic factors which impact this, but one reason is that girls lack access to sanitary pads and reproductive education. As a result many girls miss a week of school every month. In a few months time they are hopelessly behind. The result: only 20% of African girls go on to secondary school. This is a huge lost opportunity because the single largest determinant of a girls’ lifetime earning potential is how far she gets through school before getting married and starting a family. Eliminate Poverty Now has partnered with several organizations to give girls access to sanitary pads and help them stay in school. Our first effort, in partnership with the Women’s Seder of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, NJ and the Procter & Gamble company, provided 850,000 Always pads to the Millennium Village of Sauri, Kenya - a 3 year supply for 2,500 girls. Our Pads for Peace initiative provided access to reusable sanitary pads through two different sources. The Little Rock sewing center manufactures RockPads - high quality soft flannel reusable sanitary pads. And thanks to a generous grant from Lunapads in Vancouver, Canada, 2,000 girls received kits with a 1-year’s supply of reusable pads. The kits were distributed through girls’ groups which provide classes in reproductive education and empowerment.

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