10 Talented Young Entrepreneurs Who Dreamed Beyond Poverty

The impact of sponsors’ generosity on children multiplies far beyond their childhood years. Compassion centers at local churches offer them safe spaces to discover and lessons on how to steward their God-given talents. Access to resources and exposure to various activities, coupled with vocational and financial training, allow children to dream big — beyond their circumstances.

Check out these incredible stories of talented young entrepreneurs!

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6 Teens Tell Us What They Like to Hear in Their Sponsors’ Letters

To answer some of sponsors’ common questions about exchanging letters, we asked sponsored teenagers in Ethiopia and Colombia what they like most about their sponsors’ letters — and what they’d love more of.

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A girl wearing a yellow shirt is holdng a sickle in one hand and a plant she harvested in her other hand. Other people are behind her and are helping with the harvest.

Extraordinary Teens in Ethiopia Help Farmers Save Crops During Locust Crisis

For 46-year-old Behailu, a farmer in Ethiopia, hearing of locusts reminds him of stories told by his father’s generation of farmers. But today the threat of locusts is no longer just a folk tale for Behailu and other farmers in East Africa — it’s a nightmarish reality.

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Are These the Most Inspirational Teen Girls in the World?

We could all learn a lot from these inspirational teen girls. Living in poverty makes pretty much everything more difficult for them, and yet they persevere. They dream. And they trust.

Oct. 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, and this year’s theme is “My Voice, Our Equal Future.” So here are six girls who live in poverty but refuse to let it silence their powerful voices. May their inspirational quotes and dreams for the future give you hope today!

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Compassion Graduate: From Shoeshiner to National Director

Need a hopeful story today? Meet Tony Beltran. He started work shining shoes at age 7, but now he is national director of Compassion Dominican Republic.

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From Sponsored Children to Health Care Heroes!

We’re so inspired by all the health care workers around the world who are sacrificing to save others. Meet five amazing people who grew up sponsored and are now giving back in a big way!

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This Sponsored Girl Now Supports Another Little Girl

Sosina grew up in extreme poverty in Ethiopia, but now she’s in veterinary school! Though she lives on just $12 a month, she gives a quarter of it away to help a girl in need — just as she was once helped.

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Rwandan Teen Invents Prize-Winning Digital Cane for the Blind

Sponsored girl Yvette Mukamwiza is making headlines after winning a national innovation competition for designing a digital cane for the blind.

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He Grew Up Hungry. Now He Fights Hunger With Science.

Collins grew up in hunger, but now he is getting his doctorate in plant pathology to fight for subsistence farmers and fight food insecurity.

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Doctor Piña: Released From Poverty to Heal Others

Jose Frank grew up in poverty, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a doctor who is now helping heal his community — physically and spiritually.

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Shooting for the Moon: 6 Kids in Poverty Share Their Dreams

We asked sponsored children in South America what they want to be when they grow up. We love their adorable photos and quotes — showing just how much hope these kids have!

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7 People Who Defeated Poverty With Their Sponsors

Read the stories of just a few people whose lives have been transformed, thanks to the support of their sponsors. Be inspired and encouraged that you are coming alongside young people just like these as they work to craft a future of purpose.

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