Eliminate Poverty NOW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to eliminate extreme poverty in Africa. We are a small team of committed individuals who believe that by educating people and supporting entrepreneurship, particularly for women, we can create a sustainable difference in peoples' lives.
Over 2,000 years ago a famous Jewish scholar by the name of Hillel asked, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am for myself only, then what am I? And if not now, when?”
We can serve a greater purpose than our own individual good, and there is no better time to start than now. Together we can help improve the lives of thousands around us and make this world a better place.
Billions of dollars have been spent on aid to Africa, often with negligible or negative results. Aid breeds dependence and corruption.
At Eliminate Poverty NOW we focus on empowerment. We work at the local level to empower people -- giving them education, skills and opportunity to make sustainable change through their own initiative and hard work. By focusing on women, we greatly improve their quality of life and the lives of their families and communities.
Our trusted partners in Africa bring a deep understanding of local needs, experience and contacts. They champion project implementation.
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.
John is a co-founder of Eliminate Poverty NOW. Together with his wife, Judy, he has focused his second career on creating economic opportunity in the developing world. When he is not devoting time to EPN, John enjoys hiking in the Colorado mountains, planning trips and traveling, and watching UConn Women’s basketball. He also enjoys photography, good food (especially dessert), flowers, and dogs.
Prior to EPN, John spent 26 years in business, including 16 years as president of divisions of Kraft Foods and Warner-Lambert. John has a BA and MBA from Harvard University.
Judy is a co-founder of Eliminate Poverty NOW. Along with her husband, John, EPN has allowed her to live out her passion for helping poor women achieve greater earnings potential. When Judy is not working with EPN, she enjoys spending time with her family, contributing to and volunteering in the Jewish community, spinning, weaving, knitting, vegetable gardening and cooking, and word games and puzzles.
Helen is the Director of Operations at Eliminate Poverty NOW, with responsibility for overseeing the internal workings of the organization. Working for EPN has offered her the extraordinary opportunity to visit Africa, meet amazing people, and help end extreme poverty in Africa. When Helen is not working with EPN, she most enjoys quality time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her hobbies are reading, knitting and cooking.
Dov is a world renowned agricultural scientist who holds a UNESCO World Chair in Desertification. Now in his early 70's, Dov spent the first 30 years of his career at Ben Gurion University where he and several colleagues developed drip irrigation and introduced it to many regions of the world. Over the last 15 years Dov has worked with thousands of rural farmers in West Africa to use agriculture as a path out of extreme poverty.
Pete is our oldest professional relationship in Africa and remains one of our most valued. When we first met, he was head of East African Operations for the Millennium Villages Project. Pete is multi-talented: an author, television personality, leadership coach and thought leader on sustainable economic development. In addition to his 25 years of experience with a wide range of public and private organizations, Pete is the Founder and Director of the Nairobi based Centre for Leadership Development.
We have known Rustom for many years and have worked closely with him in his role as Director of Business Development for the Millennium Villages Project. Rustom combines a technical background in computer science with 25 years of experience in corporate and non-profit organizations. His work with developing economies spans Africa and South Asia. In addition to his work with the Millennium Villages, Rustom was one of the first employees of the Acumen Fund, famous for their concept of "patient capital" to support promising social entrepreneurs.
Yitzchak is one of the giants in agricultural development. He founded CINADCO (Israel's Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation) and served as its director for 30 years. As part of MASHAV, Israel's Center for International Cooperation, CINADCO has been sharing Israel's agricultural technology with developing countries around the world for decades. Over a remarkable 40 year career Yitzchak has overseen the implementation of hundreds of projects and training for tens of thousands of people from Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Yitzchak is currently working with a number of NGOs in rural development. We're truly honored that he has agreed to serve on our Committee.
John in Benin with Father Godfrey Nzamujo, founder of the Songhai Centre.
Judy in Nairobi meets with Little Rock Scholar candidates.
Helen in Niger visits a Farmers of the Future vegetable garden.
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