Overcoming Poverty with Opportunity

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Half of the world's population lives on less than $2 a day. Over 1.1 billion human beings have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation. Millions face starvation, sickness, and death because they are too poor to obtain necessities for survival. The numbers of those in need are so staggering that it's easy to find ourselves overwhelmed or indifferent.

Hand-outs help…but not for long.

Charities that respond to tragedy during times of war, famine, or natural disaster are critical. In these situations, we must step in with immediate compassion and relief. However, when the 'hand-out' approach is used long term, it keeps the poorest of the poor bound in a cycle of dependency. And underprivileged people aren't looking for a hand-out. They're looking for an opportunity.

What people who are struggling in chronic poverty really need is an opportunity to work, grow, invent, and thrive.

Action Over Apathy

The Reckoning International began exploring innovative and lasting solutions to poverty over ten years ago. We first redeemed 150 slaves among the Tharu in Nepal, then provided them with opportunities to create a livelihood.

Since that time, we have been slowly growing into an efficient organization that is overcoming poverty with opportunity. Through micro-loans, business training, and development initiatives, we've pioneered successful economic development projects in impoverished areas of Central America, Ukraine, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya.

We're finding that the real solutions to poverty are empowering, sustainable, and found among the poor themselves. We're rethinking how global poverty is addressed…and we're seeing results. People are thriving when given the opportunity to work and become self-supporting.

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom." Nelson Mandela

Who Do We Help?

cilla-side

She was struggling to provide for her children and fight HIV. A loan of $30 completely changed her life.

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