Stop Paying The Poor So Much

Recently I was asked to serve on a panel after a screening of the documentary Poverty Inc. In the course of the discussion I brought on the story about the Haitian woman who was employed by a nonprofit run by Americans and was able to save $2,000 over the course of 6 months to buy […]

Starting A Business In Kenya But It Started In Barnes & Noble

Summer of 2007 I the thought that nearly every college student has before entering their junior year (and senior year). “What the heck am I going to do after college?” Until this point in my life the only thing I knew I cared about was sports, soccer specifically. As much as I wanted to pursue […]

Why I am Leaving Uganda (Part 1)

In almost one week exactly I will be getting on a plane back the US. This time without a return ticket to Uganda. Last October I took a job with 31 Bits but will be stepping away from after Friday. Often in our careers we need to step away in order to keep moving forward […]

Don’t Teach A Man To Fish. Start A Fishing Company

Let’s cut to the chase. The phrase “Give a man a fish he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime” is simple and seems like a revelation but is incredibly problematic. First off, it assumes the poor don’t know how to fish. In other words, the poor have […]

How to Create Thousands of Jobs in Africa: Ethiopia and Roses

Unemployment has been a constant talking point in the US since the recent Financial Crisis. The current official unemployment rate is around 5.5% down from a peak of 10%. Though many argue that the rate is understated (labor participation has gone down), the US rate has remained much lower than the unemployment rate in Sub-Saharan […]

How much do you care where and how your product is made?

Purchasing eco-friendly, organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO products in a safe working environment where the workers are paid fair and just wages is an ideal that we want to uphold but only rarely are able to achieve.  As everything in life, it is all about trade-offs. We can have all the above conditions but they […]