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Taking a Page from Our Own Book | Nourish International

November 19, 2013 | Posted in Nourish Office, Office Updates, Ventures | By

Nourish International embraces the principle that creating sustainable economic opportunity for communities in the developing world is a sustainable way to end extreme poverty. Simply put, you can give a hungry man a fish to eat, but if you teach him to fish, not only will he not be hungry again, but he can teach his children and maybe his neighbors to fish… and they too will not be hungry again. This principle is a guiding value of Nourish; a value we teach and strive to embed in each college Chapter across the U.S.

This is not to say that there are times when relief efforts, like “giving a fish”, is the right thing to do. We admire and support relief efforts such as in the case of natural disaster that occurred in the devastated coastal town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar, where Super Typhoon, Haiyan, made landfall on November 8 wiping out just about everything in its path. Relief is necessary and basic human needs must be met, and along with other globally conscious organizations and people like many of you around the world, generously leap into action to address the immediate need.

As a non-profit organization with a focus on entrepreneurship, some might say that relying exclusively on traditional fundraising activities to maintain our bottom line is a lot like ‘giving a hungry man a fish’; that fundraising is relief work that cannot be sustained.  And, while we at Nourish do not agree with this entirely, we do believe that it is important that we ‘walk our talk’; earning income is part of the Nourish International culture and as some say around here, “It’s part of our DNA.”

Enter ShopNourish.org.

ShopNourish.org is a new business venture for Nourish International and is the beginning of what we hope will become a growing online social enterprise that earns revenues to support the triple bottom line: people, profits and planet.

We are excited about our new venture and what it means to our triple bottom line…the Nourish Network, our international partners, and ultimately the people who are lifting themselves out of poverty by making and selling these products.

Visit ShopNourish.org today for all your holiday shopping needs. Your purchase will engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty.

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