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Bono: Entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid

It’s been 10 months since Abby and I were in Ethiopia. We’re still maintaining many of the friendships we started and providing support. Since then our family has undergone some big changes which I’ll share more in future posts.

Through all this God’s sustained us and we’ve come through this process trusting there’s a greater plan. I feel grateful.

For new readers, the purpose of our project is help orphans and sustain families (prevent more orphans due to poverty) in Ethiopia. Long term, we want to see more orphans be domestically adopted and stay in their birth country. This requires a holistic strategy, resources and committed people to developing solutions. 

I’ve thought a lot about how to approach this huge issue and asking myself this question? What’s the best way to help people get out of the cycle of poverty? Is it sustainable work (work skills, education?) or is it business development and entrepreneurship? I think it’s both.

To underscore why, I like this blog post,  “Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid” which features Bono (yes, the rock star) who is putting a huge investment into raising support and develop businesses in Africa. In the following video he explains why.

In the video, Bono states,  “Aid is just a stopgap… Commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.”

This aligns with part of our vision to help business development (think small businesses growth) in Ethiopia by empowering young entrepreneurs who will ultimately have a positive impact on families (who need jobs to prevent more orphans) and orphans (funding local adoptive families) in the community.

I’m looking to connect with like-minded  entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to make difference in the life of a new entrepreneur in Ethiopia (not necessarily with your checkbook) with your business talents, wisdom and life experience. If this describes you, contact me here or connect with me on LinkedIn.


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Thanksgiving isn’t a just day, it’s an attitude

It’s Thanksgiving. This past year has been the most difficult year of my life. Yet I’m grateful and able to live with a thankful heart.

It’s not that my circumstances have changed. It’s that my attitude has shifted.

For those who are going through trials, hurts, losses, and hardships. If you’re alone or your missing family or friends today. Whatever the circumstances you’re facing, be encouraged!

Jesus said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry Ironside

There is always something give thanks for. Gratitude is cultivated by our actions. The following quote sums up how I hope to live each day.

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” (Johannes A. Gaertner)

Thanksgiving isn’t a just day, it’s an attitude and lifestyle. Be blessed!