28 February 2009

International Development Enterprises

International Development Enterprises (IDE) is an international nonprofit organization, with affiliates in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Founded by Paul Polak, IDE has been helping poor farmers in developing countries for over 25 years.

The organization uses a market based approach that enables millions to permanently escape poverty. They use business principles to facilitate unsubsidized market systems in which the rural can can participate effectively as micro-entrepreneurs and earn income. IDE programs create an environment that helps these farmers progress from subsistence agriculture to commercial farming.

IDE maintains right country programs in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa, areas marked by extreme poverty. These programs are in the following locations: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

Please visit IDE's website for more information. The site provides a lot of great information, including success stories from IDE's programs.

You can now join IDE on facebook as well, click here to join the cause.

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