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Entrepreneur Extends Property Rights to the Extreme Poor

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

UPDATE: I have new information that addresses the question I had below.
Landesa: Property Land Rights for Extreme Poor

Entrepreneurship starts with property rights and I recently discovered this entrepreneur, Roy Prosterman, who started the world’s first non-governmental organization (31 years ago) designed to partner with governments to extend land rights to the extreme poor. His organization is now called Landesa.

See how Landesa is thriving now >>

Landesa Success Stories >> (some go on to open their own small businesses!)

I do wonder if they (or a partner) teach the new property owners how to manage their land and other resources so that they can prosper.  A few late payments to the bank financing the land and the dream would be gone.

UPDATE: I have new information that addresses the question I had above. According to Matt Lambert of Landesa, no loans are involved in their work. They work “with local governments who give land to small holder farmers so they have a stable economic asset to create a home, subsist on homegrown food, sell surplus crops to generate income, and use as they know best.”  Thank you, Matt, for clarifying that point.

“The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation.” –Ayn Rand

Novogratz Turns Aid Org into Business, Earning African Single Moms 4x National Average

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Hear this awesome story about the conversion of an aid organization for single mothers in Africa into a successful bakery business that earned them 4 times the national average!

Jacqueline’s emphasis on sustainable bottom-up solutions over traditional top-down aid means investing in entrepreneurs, demanding accountability and giving people dignity.

This is a great option for investors who want to make social investments.