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  • Total GDP: 18.32 B
  • GDP per person: $4,700
  • Orphans: 180,000

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Bob Moncrieff, International Management Consultant, DBI Network

Imagine a room buzzing with energy and ideas, excitement and nerves, a room full of budding entrepreneurs, all waiting for a turn to present their business ideas to a panel of retail industry leaders. In this room, dreams can be realized or sent back to the drawing board. If it sounds a lot like Shark Tank or Dragon’s Den, that’s because the setup is similar, but that’s where the similarities end.

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I’ve gone to SuperSaturday several times. I’ve heard the stories told by people who have been on a trip. How life changing these trips are. Over time, I became friends with Andy Lehman (Vice President of LifeSong for Orphans, an ROI partner). One day over breakfast, Andy asked me, “So, why haven’t you gone on a trip, yet?” And, you know, I didn’t have a reason.

From that point on, the die was cast, and I signed up for a trip to Plan Escalon in Honduras; but I didn’t just sign myself up for the trip – I signed up my 16-yr-old daughter and her friend, too.

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My 17-year-old daughter, Sydnee, and I just returned from our third trip with the Retail Orphan Initiative to Plan Escalon, a school for orphans and at-risk students in Honduras. It's hard to believe that each trip seems to be just a little better than the one prior to it.

On our first trip to Plan Escalon in 2012, we were asked to assist in planning a kitchen for the 600+ students and staff; in 2013, we helped install $60,000 worth of state-of-the-art kitchen equipment at their new building; and this year, we developed and taught a food-safety curriculum for all the kitchen leads at the school.

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  • Victoria Rose, VP of Sales and Marketing at Jesta I.S

I have been encouraged for years to join a RetailROI trip, but never found the time. In the spirit of full disclosure, the idea of traipsing thru the jungle wasn’t that appealing to me, and it was pretty easy to not find the time. This January at NRF, I was again approached (some might say ambushed) by the persistent team members to join them in March, and I finally agreed. I can honestly say that I now consider myself privileged to have been able to get involved.

We visited a school called Plan Escalon in La Entrada, Honduras. Plan Escalon loosely translates from Spanish to “a plan to elevate,” and is used to describe the efforts to help children move beyond poverty, broken families, and hopelessness. The campus houses 500 students and educates 600, offering 3 meals a day, classes 7 days a week, and the path to a secondary education. In addition to the core school curriculum, students receive job and life-skills training, and are involved in operating micro-businesses, including bakery, coffee, and retail enterprises. The end goal is to enable them to become employable, contributing members of the economy, and ultimately, to positively impact the future of Honduras.

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Dan and recruit Michael Martin of Sodexo serving together in Honduras

Dan Grady at C-CORE Consulting Group has made multiple trips with RetailROI, the first time not really knowing what he could bring to the table…until he arrived….and then it hit him.

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