Nuru International


Mission Statement

Nuru International’s mission is to eradicate extreme poverty in fragile rural areas to build communities resilient to violent extremism.


Our ultimate goal is to promote global security by ending extreme poverty in remote, rural areas of failed states and conflict zones by building self-sustaining, self-scaling programs that enable communities across an entire region to lift themselves out of extreme poverty within seven years.
Selecting Kenya and Ethiopia as our initial project sites has allowed us to test the Nuru model in two relatively politically stable countries while still working in communities demonstrating extreme need. In five years, Nuru International has grown to become a $7MM organization with a team of 150 in Kenya, 60 in Ethiopia and 30 in or from the United States. The Nuru model has already empowered over 100,000 people out of extreme poverty and built a for-profit social enterprise that is rapidly approaching profitability.
Our next step is to scale to regions with increased volatility. Once the Nuru model has fully achieved proof of concept, we will aggressively scale our platform for effective nation building to the toughest places on earth.

Program Details

We begin each project with an exit strategy and clearly defined exit criteria. Our goal is to go in, help build local organizations to create effective solutions that create sustainable, scalable impact, and then hand over operations to local leaders.
Nuru equips local leaders with tools and knowledge to lead their communities out of extreme poverty and build resilience by integrating programs that address some of the most prevalent and fundamental challenges of extreme poverty around the following areas of need:
  • Hunger
  • Lack of Livelihood and Income
  • Inability to Cope with Financial Shocks
  • Preventable Disease and Death
Rather than give handouts, we design training-based poverty solutions that promote self-reliance and service-mindedness to enable local leaders to continue scaling impact long after Nuru International staff has exited the project.
By addressing all needs in an integrated way, an individual is not only able to choose to improve his or her own well-being and to climb out of the poverty trap, but also avoids falling back into poverty.
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