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World of Opportunity — GP’s 13th Annual Luncheon
Almost 700 of our friends and supporters attended World of Opportunity, our 13th annual luncheon on Thursday, October 29, 2015! Thanks to their generosity, we were able to reach our $150,000 matching challenge and raise over $554,000! This will directly support our research into promising new solutions that can change the lives of millions of people living in poverty.
At the luncheon, GP President and CEO Rick Beckett spoke about three promising initiatives that Global Partnerships is currently researching:
- Outgrower business models that provide economic opportunity to tens of thousands of smallholder farmers;
- Efficient charcoal cookstoves that save families money on fuel costs and improve health and safety for women and children; and
- An innovative and affordable sanitation solution that also generates jobs for microentrepreneurs.
Next, Desh Mallik, VP of Business Development at Greenlight Planet, a GP partner, took guests on a journey to a rural, off-grid community with an immersive solar light demonstration. He shared how, with Global Partnerships' support, Greenlight Planet's solar technology is eradicating kerosene usage and transforming people's lives.
Real People, Real Impact:
There were also two video presentations which showed GP's impact in action.
Abner is a 15-year-old who dreams of making his mom proud of him one day. His mother, Ana, is the client of Friendship Bridge, a GP partner in Guatemala. The loans, education and training that Ana received through Friendship Bridge have helped her provide better opportunities for Abner. Her success shows how access to opportunity creates impact for multiple generations.
Maritza, a client of GP partner MiCredito, also shared how her life has changed since purchasing solar lights. She lives in a remote community in Nicaragua, where there is no electricity.