…but he does endorse the idea behind what we do. At the F.ounders tech conference, Bono said that “it had been ‘a humbling thing for me’ to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who ‘got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.’” (Read the entire article here.)
But this statement is what got me most excited.
“Job creators and innovators are just the key, and aid is just a bridge.”
Thank you, Bono, for summing up TingaTinga Capital in one sentence.
Benson: The Epitome of Entrepreneurialism
We’ve been building bridges to innovators like Benson. Benson is a Ugandan trauma counselor who travels to different refugee camps and provides group trauma counseling for two weeks at a time. After those two weeks were over, people were emotionally and mentally restored. It broke his heart to have to move on and leave them in the refugee camp with nothing to give them to get them started. Benson’s solution was to provide small loans to the graduates on his trauma counseling program to get them back on their feet with a job and a purpose. To Benson, these micro-loans are the last step in the counseling process.
With TingaTinga’s help, Benson has provided over fifty loans to graduates of his program. These loans will soon be able to make his organization, I Live Again, independently sustainable. Benson and his team will be able to send out more teams to counsel and restore hope to help his people live again.
Benson is a true innovator. TingaTinga Captial is just a bridge. Lives are being changed. It’s a beautiful day.