A while back, The Economist published a fantastic perspective on progress in the developing world. This article really captures the essence of our investment thesis with Benson / ILA. The basic idea — to bring about substantive community restoration — because we can’t ignore the deep-rooted struggles of an impoverished culture. These struggles go beyond dollars and cents (and shillings!), but are grounded in the poverty of hopelessness and despair. In this, we and other social entrepreneurship organizations have an opportunity to offer investment capital in both the monetary economy and the economy of hope, and the impact of introducing activities to a community that generate both dollars and hope is immeasurable.
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