Rob Whiting

"Basic Needs is really doing some impressive work with the very poorest in Bangladesh. I was able to tag along with Richie and Sohan over the course of several weeks around Dhaka and to the village in which they work, Goichacia. I was able to see how they apply practical,sustainable approaches to needs for the very poorest, from providing working capital to informal business owners to providing education through their newly opened school in Goichachia.

Leah M. Harris

Dear Ashland Women’s Club and Invited Guests,

As many of you might know, I am Cheryl’s daughter and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, I was not able to get time off to join you tonight, but I wanted to take a moment to say a few words about my personal experience with Richie and his organization, Basic Needs. His efforts in Bangladesh are truly inspiring and I hope that you will all open your hearts and minds as you listen to his presentation tonight.