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Churches and humanitarian organizations everywhere are working hard to bring an end to poverty. Foreign aid programs and hunger-fighting charities have the best of intentions, but Market of Hope is committed to finding long-term solutions that put the opportunities in the hands of the poor. This is a new way to attack the problem of poverty. There is a common saying: “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Our partners like to take it even one step further: “…buy a man’s fish, and you empower him to lift his family out of poverty.”

The Market of Hope concept is a new step in missions that will impact the developing world for generations to come.

“What we need is a change in mindsets so that people recognize the creative capacity and the dignity of their brothers and sisters in developing countries, and are able to support them in their own agendas, in their own initiatives. We need projects that create opportunity for people to develop themselves.”
-Anielka Munkel, Acton Institute, Nicaragua

“Good aid is that which is targeted to create capacities in people so that they are able to live on their own activities.…In the long-term they have to depend on themselves rather than depend on aid.”
-Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda