Selected examples from the 20 PhilanthroPics photo sessions from 2015. All proceeds from 2015 shoots benefited microfinance recipients in developing nations.
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Proceeds from Akshai’s shoot went to a mother single-handedly running a tortilla business in Honduras, the second poorest country in Central America. 65% of the population lives in poverty, and there is extreme income inequality and high underemployment. The country is also still recovering from Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed thousands and caused $2 billion in damage.
All proceeds from Valery’s shoot helped a female bakery owner in Haiti the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. 80% of Haitians live under the poverty line; 54% in abject poverty. The 2010 earthquake that destroyed its capital was the worst in centuries, causing over 300,000 deaths and $7.8 billion in damage. 1.5 million Haitians were left homeless in the aftermath.
Eric’s shoot helped Siraj, a father of seven in Uganda, pay tuition and stock his store. Average income in Uganda is $1,500, and over 80% of the work force is employed in agriculture. While Uganda has recently become increasingly stable, remaining obstacles to stability include unreliable power, high energy costs, inadequate transportation infrastructure, corruption, and lack of investor confidence. Instability in South Sudan also affects Uganda, because Uganda’s main export partner is Sudan, and many Sudanese refugees reside in Uganda.
All proceeds from Matt’s shoot went to Hamide, an Albanian mother of three in who plans to buy a second cow and sell its dairy products. Until the nineties, Albania was ruled by xenophobic communists, and most of Albania’s post-communism elections have been marred by claims of electoral fraud. Governments struggle with unemployment, corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, and powerful organized crime. Electricity issues, including technical problems, theft, and non-payment, also undermine the economy. Today, many Albanians are employed through subsistence farming,
All funds from Brianna’s shoot benefited a microloan recipient from Colombia, who plans to pay for the facility and instruments necessary to open a musical academy, in hopes of keeping young people away from guerrilla influences. Columbia suffered nearly five decades of conflict between government forces and insurgent groups funded by the drug trade, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Its growing economy struggles with inadequate infrastructure, inequality, poverty, and narcotics trafficking. Columbia also has one of the highest unemployment rates in Latin America.