Village Enterprise Launches 1st Development Impact Bond in Africa

About a year ago Esther Tino started a tailoring business with two of her neighbors. After six months, they had sold almost 50 dresses to their fellow residents of Aduka village in Eastern Uganda. A year later, Esther had saved nearly 100 dollars in her savings group, she’d purchased chickens and goats and a real bed with a brand-new mattress.

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Expanding the Community-Based Dental Health Program in North Tahoe

Persistence, continued commitment to operations, and a wide network of supportive stakeholders paid off recently in the expansion of the community-based dental program in North Lake Tahoe. From our usual routine of one biannual free dental screening for kids held...

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Building a community-based dental health program in Nevada

What I have learned through years of community health programming both in the US and internationally, is that driving positive health outcomes and behavior change requires careful observation, commitment to iterating program operations/delivery over time, convening a network of stakeholders to support the process, and strong persistence.

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3CF and Upaya Social Ventures Sign MoU

We are excited to announce that 3rd Creek Foundation and Upaya Social Ventures have established a collaboration through which both organizations will work together to identify, support the development of, and potentially co-invest in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) that can create employment for India’s poor.

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Can Coffee Reduce Poverty? Reflections From Haiti

Last month I had the opportunity to join a USAID/VEGA funded Farmer-to-Farmer trip to Haiti through my role with 3rd Creek Consulting and 3rd Creek Foundation. The objective of the trip was to help build the capacity of the Haitian specialty coffee sector, or more specifically, to improve production and earnings among smallholder coffee producers.

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From Seed to Sustainability: Using Gardens to Promote Educational Outcomes and Community Development

By way of her vision and leadership, Sister Christine created an opportunity for the parents in her school to support their children’s education. She received a grant that was both literally and figuratively seed money, to create a resource that now receives ongoing support from the village and in turn benefits their children. In my view this is what active participation looks like, and this is how to create economic independence.

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The 3CF Recommended Reading List for New Board Members

At 3rd Creek Foundation, we have a recommended reading list for our board members. The three key books on it are...

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What is Indie Philanthropy?

am writing our first blog post at the end of 3 intensive days with the EDGE Just Giving Conference in Berkeley, CA. Some of the key themes which came up repeatedly included: social justice, grassroots, agroecology, human rights, environmental justice, and mission-related investing. One of my favorite references was that of the “revolutionary imagination.”

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