The Key Is Intelligent Giving.
This is what sets us apart.
Fighting poverty, like fighting illness, gives us two choices. We address the symptoms, or target the root cause. The traditional aid model focuses on the former, flooding impoverished communities with “things” like shirts, shoes, and food. This approach does not work. This approach offers only temporary relief, but in the end causes more harm than good by damaging local economies, creating dependency, and wasting resources. For emergency situations, this model is necessary. But poverty is not an emergency; it is a systemic problem that requires a sustainable and long-term approach.
The Kizazi model solves the problem by fighting poverty at its roots through microloans: small loans made to individuals in impoverished communities to help them kick-start their business ideas. We do not give people things. We give people the opportunity to create their own wealth, to bring themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty. Unfortunately this long-term approach does not offer us the immediate reward of feeling like we changed someone’s life in an instant. However, the goal is to help those in need, not to feel immediate gratification, and so we must focus on the bigger impact.