About Us

We live in the country of Indonesia, where we are saddened to see so many people stuck in generational cycles of poverty. After living here for a few years we started brainstorming about how to empower people of out poverty, not just give them handouts. We knew that if you give a man to fish, you only feed him for a meal, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. We wanted to give people the tools to pull themselves up out of poverty. But how could we do that practically here?

Around the same time we were stirred by Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat, particularly the sections on how developing countries are taking advantage of globalization through innovation and technology. Friedman also focused on “social entrepreneurs,” those people who start businesses primarily for community development reasons. In 2007 we launched our outsourcing company, PowerPointPartners, with the goal of lifting people out of poverty. As social entrepreneurs our vision was “empowering the poor through excellence in business.” We offered free graphic design classes to the community and the crème of the crop became our employees. Since then well over 200 people have gone through our free computer classes. Everyone who attends gets new job skills, and as our business grows we continue to add to our team the best of the best from those free classes.

We just opened the doors to our “empowerment center” in a poor neighborhood in Malang, Indonesia, with the purpose of offering English, computer, and life-changing job skills to the community. 10% of your payment goes directly toward this empowerment project. So not only are you getting quality graphic-design at a great price, you are also providing an opportunity for underprivileged Indonesians to help themselves out of poverty.

One Response to “About Us”

  1. Tracy Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Why do you not share who YOU are in your blog. It’s posted by Mike O’Quin but am I to understand that Mike is the person who has written this?
    How did you come to live in Indonesia. Your story is a good one – but would be more effective if you put some “humaness” with a personage. I want to know who is “we”. “We” moved here… “We” did this, held that…

    Just a thought.

    Tracy

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