17 Mar The Hardest Workers
Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
When I returned to work in Seattle following my trip to Kenya and Ghana last January, I was filled with tremendous optimism mostly due to one fact: while we here at the foundation work hard to help lift people out of poverty, the poor work harder.
In January, I visited three Kenyan slums: Kibera, the site of our TEDxChange event, Korogocho, and Mathare. (Watch the TEDxChange@TEDxKibera videos.) Most people associate these slums and others like it with immense poverty, substandard housing, disease, and inadequate water and sanitation services. And they are right–there is no question that life in the slums is difficult. These are serious problems that need to be addressed.