Open to Grow

"The developing world is full of entrepreneurs and visionaries, who with access to education, equity and credit would play a key role in developing the economic situations in their countries." -- Muhammad Yunus, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit.


I am excited to share with you the journey that I am about to embark on. Over the coming months, I will be biking and running from Calgary, Alberta to Guatemala City. This is a total distance of 2,842 miles or 4,574 kilometres! No, I will not actually be making the trip physically from one city to the other. Rather, I will be keeping track of my distance covered on a day-to-day basis, which you will be able to follow my progress on the app Map My Ride. Along this journey, I am targeting to raise $25,000 for microcredit for Guatemalan entrepreneurs through Open to Grow.

I was first introduced to the incredible world of microcredit during university. Along with my good friends Chris Janssen and Steve Wellman, we founded the organization Textbooks For Change. We collected donated used textbooks from students, sold them online, and managed to provide $15,000 in microloans to individuals around the globe.

I am now a Director with Open to Grow, a microcredit organization with a focus on Guatemalan women entrepreneurs. Since November 2011, we have provided over $500,000 in loans to improve the lives of over 8,700 people.

I am passionate about creating positive social change in the lives of people that normally would not have access to the funding required to break the chains of poverty. With your help, Open to Grow has the ability to sustainably make this change happen.