BENEFITING: HOPE INTERNATIONAL
I’ve recently had the opportunity to start a new club at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas called Portfolio Against Poverty. It’s an organization that helps students to learn how to invest into the stock market, while at the same time helping those in need. Our vision is to form a group of college students that meet up every few weeks and talk about current stocks we’ve individually been looking at and decide whether the club should invest in those stocks. Once the group makes a decision, we invest our club money into that said stock. If there are gains and we sell it, half of any profits we make go back into club’s account, along with what we originally started with, while the other half of the profits go to poverty-stricken people in other countries. We are able to deliver the money to other countries by a microfinance, nonprofit called HOPE International. No member of the club will ever get part of the money; it only circulates between the club’s account and HOPE International.
However, please don’t be confused by what we are doing. We will not be giving these people a handout; instead we will be giving them a hand up. The money given to the beneficiaries is just a loan and it’s expected to be repaid back to HOPE. This allows for those that received money to know that they got out of poverty, through their own hard work and determination. HOPE then takes the repaid money and gives it to another person who needs it.
Not only would HOPE go out and help the people with their physical poverty, the organization also helps those who are in spiritual poverty too. When the representative of the organization hands the beneficiary the money, they also briefly talk to them about the hope of the Gospel.
None of this will happen though if we don’t have any funds to invest into the stock market. That is why I've set up this fundraiser. Though we have no way of showing our appreciation to donators, the members of our club would be in deep gratitude to everyone who lends a hand. You’re donation could help dozens of people overcome poverty and improve their lives and their families’ lives.