Jacquie Green is a Toronto based teacher and visual artist who is also a founding member of FINCA Canada’s Board of Directors. She holds a Master’s in Education and is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has served as Board Chair of Bellwoods Centers For Community Living and Director of the Sans Souci and Copperhead Association.
FINCA empowers the poor and allows them to develop small businesses as they see fit, whether it be weaving, selling produce, woodworking, baking or any other trade. They understand the only way to truly combat poverty is to provide sustainable work--because without a steady income, things like an education, or proper medical care are not options.
I was thinking about the old saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I realized that probably it's a bad idea to teach people to fish. Probably it's better to ask them how they can solve the problem of feeding their families, then lend them the money to help them implement their own solutions. FINCA empowers the poor and allows them to develop small businesses as they see fit, through microfinancing.
09/10/2012 12:27 EDT
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