There are over 200 social assistance organizations with their roots in Utah. Here is a sampling of those making an impact in an innovative way.

Mentors International

Co-founded by BYU professor Warner Woodworth in 1990, Mentors International as of June 2011 has lifted over 2.4 million individuals in developing countries like the Philippines, Peru and Guatemala from the cycle of poverty. Donations fund small loans, which the recipient receives, along with training. The loan is then repaid, and that money provides loans for others. A total of $42,129,787 has been loaned out with a 97% repayment rate.
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Ascend

Carolyn Dailey, a BYU graduate, co-founded her own non-profit years ago called The Engage Now Foundation. In 2005, her organization merged with other organizations to form the Ascend Alliance, of which she is now the President and CEO. With programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands, Ascend focuses on sustainable programs and investments, partnering with others to make a lasting difference.

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Ouelessebougou Alliance

Started by a group of Utah community leaders to assist those suffering from drought in Mali, West Africa, Ouelessebougou Alliance has now helped 25 villages(about 25,000 people) in 25 years. They work to produce water wells, community gardens, and women co-operatives, among other things.

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Ecoscraps

Featured nationally in the Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine, Ecoscraps takes wholesaler and grocer waste and turns it into for-sale compost. Two BYU students started the company in 2010, which now has has over 20 employees and collects 20 tons of waste a day. Sales are expected to be in the millions.

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Cause for Hope

Started by Utah residents and business leaders, this organization provides business training, vocational loans, missionary assistance, computer training, and other services to thousands throughout Central and South America. They emphasize careful measurement of results to provide lasting change to the impoverished.

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Unitus

Unitus was born in the year 2000, with the purpose of helping accelerate and improve microfinance institutions all over the world. Two of the founders were BYU Marriott school graduates Tim Stay and Louis Pope. The organizations they worked with often doubled their client reach, and by 2010, these organizations had provided 12 million poor families with microfinance assistance. Unitus has also branched out into other services, like a seed fund for innovation.
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Basa Body

Created by Louis Pope, who also also created Orem based US Synthetics, Basa Body uses hand pressed coconut oil produced by a group of women from Mombasa, Kenya. Pope wanted to find a way to help these women, so he created a company which uses the oil. Basa Body, named after the Mombasa women, is headquartered in Orem, and profits are sent back to Kenya to be used in microfinance and other services. The coconut farms provide jobs for 100 families.

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Choice Humanitarian

Founded by BYU graduates and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Choice Humanitarian is currently working in five countries, Kenya, Nepal, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico. They work to build trust, develop leadership, and build self-reliance.

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HELP International

Started when Hurricane Mitch hit Central America, HELP International provides eye centers, microfinance, and other services in South America, Africa, and India. Over 2000 students have participated directly in the program since its beginning, making HELP a producer of social entrepreneurs. It was founded by a group of BYU faculty.

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Yehu microfinance

Yehu offers small loans to impoverished women in Africa, and has reached thousands. Louis Pope sits on the board of trustees, and has been integral in Yehu's building process.

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