How did Microenterprise begin?

The philosophy behind Microenterprise is that it provides a hand up, not a hand out, to the poor in developing countries who want to establish businesses that will lead to the individuals and ultimately communities to become self sufficient.

David Bussau inspired TEAR Fund’s Microenterprise programme. A New Zealander raised in an orphanage, Bussau headed a number of successful businesses by the time he was 35.

He responded to the devastation of Cyclone Tracey in Darwin (Australia) in 1974 by taking teams of builders from his construction company to help rebuild shattered communities. Soon after calls for help from an earthquake-afflicted village in Bali compelled him to act.

“I saw villages receive a complete new infrastructure - fresh water, roads, bridges, schools - yet the poor remained just as poor," he says. "There was little upward mobility, even after all that spending."  - Bussau

Bussau realised the poor were caught in a debt trap. He began to loan sums of around $100 to people to set up a small business. As the number of loans increased Bussau founded Maranatha Trust to manage the programme. This later became Opportunity International, the organisation which TEAR Fund New Zealand partners with to deliver many of its Microenterprise programmes.

In 2001 his pioneering work was acknowledged by the Australian Government, when he was awarded the AM, Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for service to international development.


David Bussau is one of the renowned pioneers of Micro-enterprise Development. According to the World Bank, micro-enterprise has proven to be one of the most effective and sustainable ways to solve poverty.
David spends most of his life on planes and in the developing world initiating projects and providing consultancy to governments, multinationals and other organisations. 

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About David


David grew up in boys homes in New Zealand.
He is highly recognised throughout the world for his innovative approaches to addressing the root causes of poverty through responsible wealth creation and distribution, and job creation through mirco-enterprise.
 
He has recently been awarded Australian Senior of the Year 2008.
In 2003 he was awarded Ernst & Young Australian of the Year, making history as the first ever social entrepreneur to be inducted into the World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy in Monte Carlos. In 2000, he was chosen by Bulletin magazine “as one of Australia’s 10 most creative minds”.

According to the World Bank, micro-enterprise has proven to be one of the most effective and sustainable ways to solve poverty. David spends most of his life on planes and in the developing world initiating projects and providing consultancy to governments, multinationals and other organisations.


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Water Hope  - A Partnership between PepsiCo/David Bussau/CCT(A Tear Fund Partner)
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David Bussau Radio Interview

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David on the News

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