Haiti Trip Report: Carbon Roots Tackles Poverty & Deforestation

"Eric Sorensen and Ryan Delaney are building a social enterprise in Haiti called Carbon Roots. It is the kind of company that checks all the boxes we look for at 3rd Creek Foundation. The Carbon Roots business model increases..."

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Spotlight on Rebecca: Woman Entrepreneur from Kitale, Kenya

3CF partners with Village Enterprise in the Kitale area of western Kenya to help rural women living below the poverty line start small businesses that graduate them and their households out of extreme poverty.   Neighborhood women with similar business interests join into groups of 3 entrepreneurs to establish each new business. ...

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New Impact Investment with Essmart

I am excited to announce 3rd Creek Foundation’s (3CF) newest impact investment partnership with Essmart, a company that delivers life-improving goods to the rural poor. This is the second investment that we have made as part of our impact investing pilot program.

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Amidst Earthquake Destruction & Fuel Crisis, Hoste Hainse Pushes for Education

Tuesday, December 1st was a big day for the teams at Hoste Hainse and 3rd Creek Foundation (3CF). We were out the door of our Kathmandu residences by 4:30am and on our way to two remote villages in the north of Sindupalchowk District. 

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3CF Updates From the Field: A Week in Vietnam, Part II

Board Member Sara Cannon visited Vietnam in September, 2015, with 3CF partner: Thriive, an organization that builds prosperity and pays it forward in vulnerable global communities. Thriive is a unique charity that supports small business development through providing loans to small businesses, who then pay “forward” the full value of the loan to marginalized groups in their communities through donations of business goods, services, or job training. In her recap from the experience, Sara reflects on the adjustment from service mindset, to business mindset, to a mindset that blends the two.  

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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 Site Visit: Hoste Hainse, Nepal

Last month, I visited 3rd Creek Foundation partner organization, Hoste Hainse, in Nepal. Hoste Hainse is a unique, locally led Nepali organization that we have supported since 2007 which delivers education and income generation services to the ultra-poor in marginalized communities throughout Nepal.

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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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Thriive: Building Prosperity and Self-Sufficiency in Global Communities

At Thriive we believe in coupling the power of free markets with a commitment to social justice. We believe in an interconnected global economy that pursues shared prosperity and stability. And we believe in the dignity and potential of challenged global communities to become more self-reliant.

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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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