We are a non-profit 501(C)3 organization. Our principal focus is to advocate for economic justice for all people around the world. We are a Baha’i Inspired Organization. We are not a religious organization, but we base our programs on principles of the Baha’i Faith.
We have three main programs designed to work towards this goal.
1. Microcredit Loan Fund
Our Microcredit Loan Fund is hosted by KIVA.org. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.
2. Children and Junior Youth Service Programs
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) is a part of an educational process that seeks to raise capacity within a population to take charge of its own spiritual, social and intellectual development. This program is open to all young people aged between 11 and 14, of every religious or non-religious background, and assists them to navigate through this crucial stage in their lives. The program explores themes from a Bahá’í perspective but not in the mode of religious instruction. Engaging junior youth in this program will serve to enhance their spiritual and intellectual capacities and to prepare them to participate effectively in the affairs of their communities.
3. Racial Healing Project
The Racial Healing Project is a joint program operated by the Baha’is of Placer County, California, and sponsored by Global Marketplace, a non-profit advocate for economic justice. We call this the Racial Healing Project because we believe racism is a disease and we all need to heal.
Global Marketplace is dedicated to achieving economic justice for everyone. Prejudice (and in particular racism) is one of the principle reasons many people cannot get a good education and then find productive work.
We must find spiritual solutions to economic problems. Economic justice and prosperity will come about only when the essential connection between the spiritual and practical aspects of life is recognized. A satisfactory solution to the world’s present economic crisis lies in a profound change of heart and mind among many people around the world. They need to place a greater importance on the wellbeing of everyone everywhere.