I lived in Zambia for 3 years with the Peace Corps and was striongly influenced by the dependency of the local population on westernized aid. In 2008, I founded Color Me In! to adminsiter micro-loans for small business development to rural groups of entrepreneurs in Zambia and also focus on tree planting in the highly deforested country. I live in Boston, MA, and in the funny, cliche of a non-profit Founder, currently waitress while we build the funds for a salary. We have 14 groups of clients in Zambia and couldn't be happier with the efforts to help people create their own change rather than stand as the recipients of blanketed aid.
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I am director of FYSSO Ghana a Local NGO based in Ghana currently working to give hope to less privilege and marginalized in society especially women, children and persons with Disability. We formed over 140 groups under Vallige Savings and Loan Association (VSLAs) now called Banking on change which aims at facilitating formation of self-selecting groups, train them and monitor contribution of savings and borrowing to improve upon their standard of living. it is working very well and you can get in touch with me for more information. The rural people have money and resources which when explore will help in their development.