2012/07/07 - The only sustainable way to improve poverty is to educate and employ': 8 questions for Patricia Wolff
Published on www.globalenvision.org and written by Margo Conner. / Posted: July 5, 2012
Over 23 years volunteering in Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff has seen the hemisphere's poorest country at its most hopeful and in its deepest despair.
In 2003, looking for ways to fight malnutrition while creating good jobs for Haitian workers, she launched Meds and Food for Kids, a nonprofit factory that uses locally grown peanuts to manufacture a ready-to-eat product called Medika Mamba ("Peanut Butter Medicine") that is sold to aid organizations fighting to keep children well-fed while their bodies and brains develop.
Global Envision writer Margo Conner caught up with Wolff by email to talk about the PlumpyField Network for similar manufacturers around the world, the meaning of "social enterprise" and the future of market-based antipoverty work in Haiti.
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