My name is Sunny Coopman and I am the founder of the AMARTYA Foundation. I have a Master’s degree in International Development Studies, and I bring the ideas and knowledge acquired from my education into practice through AMARTYA.
I believe that best way to contribute to sustainable development is by supporting small grass-roots projects, carried out by the same people they are intended to help. I also believe that the focus must be on entrepreneurship, pride and self-sufficiency rather than dependency and aid, which does more harm than good. I think that it is time for the “developed West” to realize that it is not their task to create a path for development for the Global South. That is why AMARTYA supports grass-roots projects and local organizations that partner with communities to bring these ideas into practice. Fully 100% of AMARTYA’s profits goes to these projects.
2016/2017 – The first project that we’ve done is one for The School Club Zambia. Amartya’s founder, together with her local partner Mabulani set up a school run chicken farm for Kariba Primary School, a local school in Siansowa, rural Zambia. This was done together with the school’s Enterprise Committee, a group of pupils, teachers and community members. The farm is providing the school with a sustainable source of income, which helps them pay for teachers, teachers’ housing, furniture and school materials.
Amartya Sen is an economist and philosopher who introduced the idea that poverty is more than a lack of income; it is the deprivation of certain freedoms. This means that development is not just economic growth, but the freedom to realize your full potential as a human being. In 1998, Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize for the economy.