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  • Patrick Bett
  • Aqwalina Merengue
  • Hannah


Choma, Zambia

As a single mother living with HIV, the odds are stacked up against Grace. But she is a fighter. Read her story here:

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Patrick Bett

Patrick Bett

Rift Valley, Kenya

Regions of Kenya have been pillared by deforestation in recent years. Patrick is not only creating jobs for members of his community and lifting his family out of poverty, but he is growing over 170,000 tree seedling to replenish the forests.

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Aqwalina Merengue

Aqwalina Merengue

Arusha, Tanzania

Aqwalina suffered for thirteen years living with an abusive husband. One day, he left her and their young son, Dennis, with nothing but the land under their feet.

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"Now I am Somebody." After purchasing a MoneyMaker Hip Pump, Hannah can now afford her child's school fees and feels like she is somebody.

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It's difficult to be a single mother in Africa. There is a fierce cultural belief throughout the continent that women cannot succeed independently.

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About KickStart

Our mission is to get millions of people out of poverty quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably. And, in doing so, change the way the world fights poverty.

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How We Do It

Our mission is to help millions of people out of poverty. We promote sustainable economic growth and employment creation. More »

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Where We Work

We're currently concentrating our efforts in rural areas of Kenya, Zambia and opened a program in Ghana in early 2015. More »

KickStart's FY2014 Annual Report


As of October 1, 2015

1,000,000People out of Poverty
200,000+New Businesses Created

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InSTEDD CEO Eduardo Jezierski encourages people to asks themselves 4 questions before donating to an organization: 1. Is it needed? 2. Does it work? 3. Will it get to those who need it? 4. Will they use it correctly? He...

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The Conversation Features KickStart's "Sublime Design"

"As the name suggests, the KickStart MoneyMaker pump’s ultimate function is not irrigation. Rather, it functions as a tool to move some of the poorest people in Africa from subsistence to commercial farming." Check out the full article here...

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