Helping others help themselves without handouts
is the cornerstone of iDE

ide believes in listening to the clients, investing in them and providing the tools needed to succeed

Since 1983, we have been connecting donors to people experiencing poverty in developing countries. iDE works to link people with knowledge, skills and tools to increase their income. A major focus at this time for iDE is the education of the health benefits that come from using a latrine and providing access to affordable latrines.

With the help of donors, iDE has helped over 23 million people use their entrepreneurial spirit to end their poverty.

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Tshehay's Story

Tshehay Imama of Ethiopia is the leader of a woman's cooperative that owns farmland and animals. Together they create new income that they spend on schooling for their children, medicines, and improving the farm. Tshehay used to have to buy all of her family's food from the market. Her chin lifts as she says, "We provide everything for ourselves now".


Salamatu's Story

In Ghana, Salamatu Moru and her husband are part of a group of farmers that share a plot of land. Today Salamatu and the other women are picking through each harvested tomato, separating out the best ones to be put on sale at the local market. The rest are eaten by the farmers’ families which give them great nutrients and diversifies their diet.

When asked what they were doing during the dry season last year, Salamatu’s husband Bameiko said, "We were not doing anything. We were under this tree, just worrying." They worried about their future, about how they were going to pay their children's school fees, medical expenses and enough food to eat when there wan't enough rain to grow good crops. With the new income they can plan for the future.

Now when Salamatu and her husband sit under the tree, they are not worrying.

They are dreaming.


Kim's Story

In Cambodia, iDE helped Kim Sreng grow a tomato empire to end her poverty. Today, she earns $12,000 annually in a country where the average income is $1,000. She has electricity for the first time, is planning on building a new house and was able to give birth in a hospital.