We have ended our journey for now...
As of September 2019, Poverty Stops Here will close down its operations. Thank you for all you've done to help us help others.
By the end of August, we have stopped receiving donations so we can close down our operations smoothly. Thanks so much for accompanying us on this journey. We each will continue tackling the challenges PSH set out to address in our own way. We hope you do the same.
Thanks for everything.
The vision of Poverty Stops Here is to eradicate extreme poverty in vulnerable communities in Africa.
Our mission in the communities we work with is to provide access to clean water & sanitation resources, micro-loans to help start a new or expand a current business, and education/health initiatives for children.
How We Work:
Poverty Stops Here seeks to understand the socioeconomic status of a community by conducting baseline studies and assessments. After compiling and analyzing this data, PSH works with local organizations and the community to build the capacity to execute and monitor investments in our core areas, briefly outlined below:
Clean Water and Sanitation - In order to successfully implement clean water and sanitation initiatives in a community PSH will install wells, boreholes and latrines, depending on the needs of each community. We will also put in place a system whereby community members can fix the infrastructure when needed, with a view to to creating sustainable and independent communities. Our strategic decision to invest in clean water and sanitation initiatives comes from the exponential positive health impact of introducing clean water and sanitation into a community.
Microloans and Small Business Investment - Giving people the ability to generate wealth has always been the surest path to sustained economic development. PSH is committed to investing in small business ideas by giving out loans to people in the communities we partner with. The loans given to people in these communities will ultimately be reinvested into the community in order to increase the economic activity and wealth of the community.
Education - PSH assesses the education infrastructure in communities and decides whether or not to enter partnership with the community based on the existing education infrastructure. At the moment, PSH does not have the capacity to initiate a full scale education program so we must partner with an existing set-up. There has been a positive correlation between nutrition and school attendance so all* our programs will involve a nutrition component (http://www.wbur.org/npr/149867092/indian-engineers-build-a-stronger-society-with-school-lunch-program).
The successful implementation of these initiatives in the PSH partner communities will require determination and patience from all stakeholders - PSH donors, volunteers, executive board, partner organizations, and most importantly, people in the community. We have learned that true development is an evolutionary process that relies on strong relationships and honest feedback and PSH is committed to engaging in both.
DONALD OGISI - Donald graduated from the University of London in 2005 with a Degree in Computer Science. He moved to the U.S. in 2007 as a Technology Consultant and currently works as an Technology Lead with a Pharma Company. He completed his MBA at NYU's Stern School of Business in 2017. In his spare time, he loves reading (well, listening to audiobooks), working on side-projects, and telling anyone who will listen that he has run a half-marathon.
EFOSA OJOMO - Efosa came to the States in 2000 to attend Fisk University. He later graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2005 with a degree in Computer Engineering and began working for National Instruments shortly thereafter. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin as a Sales Engineer in 2006. He completed his MBA at Harvard Business School in 2016 and is currently a Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. In his spare time he enjoys reading books on development economics and Africa, working out, listening to music, listening to music while he works out, and watching both biased and unbiased news channels. Efosa does not like vegetables.
JEREMY AKINS - Jeremy is a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan, receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Engineering in 2002 and 2004. He moved to Madison in 2005 to take a job with Epic supporting medical software. When not working he still manages to find other reasons to stare at a computer screen, but also enjoys reading, being outdoors, and cheering on the resurgent Brewers (formerly a lifelong pursuit of futility).
RANJIT MATHAI - Ranjit graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Masters Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2004. He also has a certificate in International Business. He has worked with Epic, a medical software company, as a Systems Engineer since 2005. Ranjit is passionate about food but doesn't like eating vegetables, which is ironic since his wife is a vegetarian. He spends most of his free time either in front of a computer or playing with his son. He enjoys reading financial books, websites and magazines. He is passionate about cricket (the sport, not the insect), but also loves the Green Bay Packers.
TERRY ESBECK - Terry has over 20 years of General Management experience in manufacturing businesses both domestic and overseas. This background is built upon an Industrial Engineering education augmented with formal training in business and strategic planning. His career began in manufacturing and manufacturing operations management. His hobbies include gardening, downhill skiing, photography, golf (very poorly), and windsurfing. He has been married to the same woman for 50 years, has four children (now adults), and 11 grand children.