UN Millennium Goals to End Extreme Poverty Met Early

According to the World Bank Research Group’s report on poverty, the UN Millennium Goal to end extreme poverty is well ahead of schedule.  Tom Coleman, CEO and founder of the Bottom Billion Fund, shares greater detail and perspective on the recent report and what the implications are for continued progress.

The Bottom Billion Fund is a microfinance institution focused on including the “bottom billion” of the world living in extreme poverty.  Ten million people die every year from conditions of extreme poverty.  That’s 1000 every hour, far greater in number than any other disease or political conflict.  To make it worse, each death is preventable and unnecessary.  We have the resources and ability to eradicate extreme poverty.

Micro finance institutions (MFI) often work with people living in poverty with daily income $2 or above, but working with those living on $1.25 or less is more problematic.   Issues of accessibility, education, health and other issues combine to make it more difficult to reach those living in these extreme conditions of poverty.  Still, we have the ability and resources to do so.

To learn the 7 steps you, personally can take to help eradicate extreme poverty, click here to read our Socially Conscious blog.


About Robin Eschler

Robin L. Eschler, the founder of Social Impact Marketing, started her career in developing foundational marketing strategies for companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to individual entrepreneurs and local businesses. She has developed and implemented international campaigns to launch high tech products and services and guided new business owners to successfully navigate the difficulties of growing a business.

Her life-long passion for helping others led her into nonprofit work for over a decade. Early on, she recognized the need for nonprofits to adapt to a rapidly changing world in which technology dominates and for-profit business practices are central to success. Her determination to help social causes in a sustainable way led to her creation of the Women’s Radio show Socially Conscious Investing.

Impact investing in for-profits with a mission of social change such as the fight against extreme poverty is a blossoming business sector around the world. With the economic decline, it’s clear that Wall Street requires change. Social impact investing addresses that need in a way that provides financial and social ROI.

As the Host of Socially Conscious Investing on WomensRadio, Robin’s goal is to educate people about the growth of social impact investing and social venture. Interviews are conducted with socially conscious business experts including foundations and nonprofits, social venture investment firms, micro-loan organizations, investors, educators, authors and social entrepreneurs.

This show’s mission is to help change the world through sustainable business practices that contribute to the economy, combat poverty, end hunger and provide better lives to all.

Twice, Robin has been recognized and received the highest honorary award that Rotary International gives, the Paul Harris Award, for service above self. Her community work has included developing local programs for disadvantaged populations such as foster children, troubled teens, and people with disabilities.

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