The Opposite of Poverty
Jacqueline Novogratz

If the freedom to make decisions that affect the direction of one’s own life builds dignity, imagine how much dignity is built in enabling people to positively impact the lives of others!

In my work with ONOW Myanmar, we live and work in the midst of incredible poverty, and the work we do is meant to provide people with opportunity. Many people in poverty lack opportunity to reach their full capacity.

We don’t consider ourselves a disaster relief or recovery organization, so we don’t often get a close-up view of the level of destruction that Hakha, Chin State experienced in massive landslides last July. But our involvement in the recovery efforts were about restoring the dignity of people whose homes were destroyed. The businesses they are starting are meeting the needs of their community, and helping the business-owners themselves rebuild their own lives. Check out the short video about our time with these Business Owners here.

The work of ONOW empowers people to have a voice in the direction of their own life. We help them clarify their plan, provide the loan capital to give them a push, and the mentoring to guide them after launch. The work of ONOW recognizes that people have a God-given potential — a creativity that, if tapped, can unleash itself in projects and businesses that impact the families, friends and communities around the Entrepreneur.

And that community impact really builds dignity in an individual.