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The Need

There are 1.3 million orphans in Malawi.

Malawi is the 8th poorest country in the world

2 million children are living in extreme poverty

Half of all Malawians live on less than $0.32 per day

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goods for good believes all children should have the chance to achieve.

Right now, 1 of every 6 Malawian children is considered highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, violence, or extreme poverty. These children are living below the poverty line and in need of nutritious food, access to education, and emotional support.

Half of all children under five are stunted by malnutrition.

Half a million Malawian children will be orphaned from AIDS-related causes this year.

Half of all children drop out of school before fifth grade.

Malawian orphans are cared for by their community.

Studies show orphans develop better when they remain with loved ones, as opposed to being raised in institutions. This is encouraging for Malawi's orphans, because 99% of children are cared for by extended family, friends, and local Community Based Organizations. But with 2 out of every 5 Malawians living on less than US $1 per day, many communities cannot afford the resources these children needed.

goods for good equips local people with the resources to pull themselves out of poverty and raise these children in their home villages, in a nurturing environment, surrounded by friends and family.

The Work

We collaborate with communities in Malawi in three important ways,
so they can care for vulnerable children.

Building a Community Business

that promotes economic independence

Promoting Holistic Care for Children

by investing in quality programming

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

by creating jobs and stimulating the economy

goods for good approaches orphan care in a revolutionary and sustainable way.

With each community facing a unique set of opportunities and challenges, we customize our programs to achieve the biggest impact on orphans' lives. We work closely with Community Based Organizations to build small businesses that generate income on an ongoing basis. Profits from these businesses are invested into orphan care programs, enabling communities to provide critical services such as scholarships, nutritious food, and emergency care.

goods for good doesn't just provide Malawians with resources.
We empower them to generate their own.

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goods for good uses a microenterprise model to build financial capacity of our communities. We complete extensive research and work closely with each community to help them launch a business that will work for them. These businesses sell their products in local markets, and then use the profits to fund orphan care programs in their community. So far, we have launched egg-laying chicken farms, broiler chicken farms, and tailoring co-ops. We are also piloting honeybee hives in the upcoming months.

Using the profits from our small businesses, local Community Based Organizations are able to provide critical care to orphans, including feeding programs, nursery school, HIV/AIDS prevention, school scholarships, and emotional support. goods for good further strengthens these programs by providing capacity-building training for the community’s caregivers, teachers, and local leaders. This helps the community address the unique needs of vulnerable children, in turn giving them the support needed to achieve their dreams.

goods for good’s businesses bring much-needed economic diversity and independence to communities that traditionally rely on subsistence farming. By training local Malawians to manage our businesses, they earn a living wage that helps them provide for their family throughout the year.

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The Results

Our work has immediate results and lasting impact.

10 community businesses & 40 household businesses launched

nearly 95,000 vulnerable children supported since our founding

Over 419 adults trained in marketable skills

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Lasting Impact

Funded and expanded orphan service programs, feeding programs, school scholarships, and more

Began and grew the community centers’ savings funds

Trained adults in entrepreneurship, bookkeeping and chicken rearing

Lasting Impact

10 community businesses & 40 household businesses launched

30% increased school attendance

419 people trained in marketable skills

We support 9 community centers, 182 satellite centers, and help nearly 95,000 children.

Because goods for good works in partnership with communities, a little good goes a long way with us. When you make one community center financially sustainable, you help support its satellite centers, and tens of thousands of children in surrounding villages. That’s how we turn each good into a greater good.

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About Us

goods for good’s mission is to promote the successful development of
orphans and vulnerable children by collaborating with
Community Based Organizations to fill the resource gap.

goods for good builds the financial capacity of communities in Africa so they can provide orphan care.

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Melissa's Story

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Melissa Kushner

Founder & Executive Director

Melissa's Story.

Having lost her father at a young age, Melissa knows firsthand how losing a parent changes the course of a child’s life. Due in part to this experience, Melissa has committed herself to ensuring that the death of a parent does not determine a child’s fate. In 2005, Melissa’s position at the United Nations took her to Malawi. She brought with her basic goods, such as school supplies, and saw the immediate and profound impact they had on Malawi’s children.

Struck by the country’s orphan crisis, the altruistic and entrepreneurial spirit of local leaders, and the big impact of this seemingly simple concept, Melissa founded goods for good. Melissa set up two offices, one in New York City and the other in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe. She spent her first year as the Executive Director of goods for good in Malawi traveling from village to village, forging partnerships with local community centers. Today, these relationships are the foundation of goods for good’s success.

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Meet our staff

Melissa Kushner
Founder & CEO

C. J. Wise
Executive Director

Dagrous Msiska
Program Director

Kathleen Rommel
Communications Director

Esther Banda
Program Administrator

Christina Bhamu
Program Manager

Bertha Chikungwa
Finance & Administration Officer

Patson Chingwalu
Program Officer

Helen Jones
Operations Manager

Maureen Muhota
Program Manager

Simon Mulolo
Program Officer

Robert Mzira
Field Assistant

Gift Nhlane
Business Development Manager

PoLin So
Special Events Coordinator

Raphael Tembenu
Field Officer

United States Board of Directors


Rebecca Levy Anikstein, Esq.

Lindsay Cooper
Managing Director,
Julian Wolf

Abby Doft

Donald Felix
Senior Vice President,

Afwa Kandawire
Managing Director,
Bank of America

Jeremy Kaplan
Chief Operating Officer,
The KRE Group

Whynde Kuehn
Business Transformation Practice Director,
STA Group

Principle, Metanoia Global Inc.

Melissa Kushner
Founder & Executive Director,
goods for good

Mark L. Lakin, Esq.
Co-Founder, Epic Road

Jason Segal
Director of Residential Leasing,
The KRE Group

Malawi Board of Advisors


Timothy Kachule
Chief of Party, Abt Associates

Esnath J. Kalyati
Consultant in Gender, Early Childhood and Social Development

Ralph Felix

Legal Practitioner, Chibambo & Company

Lecturer, Blantyre International University

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