Watching the quiet confidence with which the micro-financed ladies manage their livelihood, their pride when showing us their produce; and seeing the happiness in their eyes when greeting visitors from TDF, it is clear to me that Dariu’s efforts in Vietnam (and now Myanmar and India) is well targeted and most timely – being at the cusp of a developmental boom; bringing much benefits to the people in the provinces not served by conventional financial institutions.
The Dariu Foundation impressed us very much with its unique model. Through its efficient structure and the clearly visible impact on education and the well-being and life of the participants. The rural areas of Vietnam and Myanmar, are home to some of the poorest people in the world, so it is important to intervene and break the vicious cycle of poverty and non-education. This is where the Dariu Foundation does excellent work.
Dariu foundation does not do any development aid – it does investments. Believing into people’s own motivation and encouraging their declared intention to improve their own position in life, is by far the most efficient start-up aid for a change.
As a dedicated and committed world citizen and an international documentary filmmaker and photojournalist, I have seen enormous suffering and poverty around the world. The helplessness kept being overwhelming throughout my activities. I used to believed that a picture can change the world, because I was committed to the truth. But ultimately it is just a picture. An organization like the Dariu Foundation is giving hope. Where the media and politics cease, passionate individuals step in. Schools instead of swords. Education rather than banal ideologies.
Dariu Foundation is a successful hybrid between the not-for-profit and the for-profit sector. By applying business concepts to its development model, it makes the foundation’s interventions not only more sustainable but also strongly rooted in their communities. Having met the team behind Dariu Foundation on multiple occasions I can vouch for their personal commitment, dedication and professionalism. The team is ideally equipped with the skills, knowledge and the network to harmonically bridge the social and the corporate sector in order to empower the children and communities in Vietnam, India and Myanmar.
Having visited some projects of The Dariu Foundation in Kolkata and Myanmar, I was most impressed by the passionate and pragmatic approach, combining microfinance and innovative educational modules to help people to get out of the poverty trap. The application of proven business principles to bring those initiatives quickly to a self financing level is very effective. This is modern social entrepreneurship.
I have closely followed the activities of the Dariu Foundation since its inception and have also studied the results at close quarters in Vietnam, Myanmar and India. I am particularly fascinated by the fact that microcredit is closely linked to education, thus addressing two problems related to poverty at the same time.