Since August of this year, our network of Weber Shandwick offices has had the opportunity to team up with the nonprofit Living on One. The founders, all recent college grads, started their journey in 2010. As sophomore microfinance students, they embarked on a two-month journey to a rural Guatemalan village to live on one dollar a day and experience extreme poverty firsthand. They returned home with a deep desire to inspire action and drive efforts towards addressing global poverty among their peers, ultimately leading to the launch of their nonprofit.
While living in Guatemala, the team shot hours of video footage of their experiences and after returning home, decided to complete a full length documentary, Living on One Dollar. The film journals their experiences as they battle hunger and parasites, and chronicles their search to understand extreme poverty. To spread the word, the team has spent the last three months crisscrossing the country on an old loaner school bus (top speed 61 MPH) and showing the film at dozens of universities, urging young people to fight poverty effectively through innovative microfinance solutions. Their efforts have mobilized thousands of students to confront global poverty and get involved in microfinance through giving loans, classes, internships and campus lending programs.
Our Weber Shandwick teams in Austin, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. have helped introduce the team to their local communities and now it’s your turn to meet the inspiring young adults. Next week, Living on One brings their bus tour to Seattle where they will be screening their full documentary at the SIFF Uptown Theater on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Weber Shandwick has loved being a part of this journey and we hope that you’ll join us next week to see what Living on One is all about. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please register if you plan to attend.
Disclosure: Living on One is a Weber Shandwick pro bono client.