Lighting the Path is dedicated to empowering marginalized people with education, training and supplies to help them help themselves.  We do this by innovative programs and training which meet the people where they are and builds them up to be successful, productive individuals.  It is out of the generosity of others, that this organization has become so successful and we would love for you to join us in these efforts!


Fundraising for building the school in Burkina Faso has passed the $20,000 mark which has allowed us to procure the land for the project and begin planning the first phase of the development of the school campus.  This first phase includes constructing a dormitory style building to give housing to homeless girls.  Please join us in changing lives!  We cannot do this without the support of people like you! 100% of your donation will go to projects for those in need.

​We are currently looking for a location to establish an office and programs in the St. Louis, MO region, please contact us if you can assist with this. 

​Lighting the Path is a 501(c)3 Non profit  All donations are tax deductible


     Successful solutions to economic empowerment - the kind that generate an income, builds self-worth and hope and improves the quality of life - requires understanding and commitment to the work, new approaches to confront the causes and sustainable solutions that address the unique circumstances contributing to poverty in each community.

Allowing all those in a society to have an earning capacity is one of the keys to alleviating poverty. When a person can provide for his/her family, he/she has the power to improve the standard of living, the health, nutrition and possibility for education and it gives them more dignity and a better understanding of self-worth. Lighting the Path focuses on economic empowerment of women and those populations who are not given opportunities to earn a wage as the ones who can most benefit from education, skills and training that promote income earning, self-sufficiency and value in a society.

Initiatives include:
Providing skills training for the production of goods or products

Providing education in good small business practices and work ethics
Providing assistance the organization and formation of cooperative organizations
Providing entrepreneurship training with micro-finance seed money to start independent enterprises
Establishing small-scale manufacturing to scale product production

Promoting better education with providing textbooks and encouraging the education of girls

Building a girls school to allow the education of girls who wish to complete their schooling

     Lighting the Path partners with mission groups and social and community outreach programs to evaluate needs and resources in impoverished areas and develop and implement empowerment projects.  We are focusing on the specific needs of marginalized populations and those living in poverty.  We partner with programs to first assist and meet the needs of nutrition, health and education. Once these needs are addressed, we evaluate resources, skills and additional needs and give training and supplies to begin an enterprise while teaching small business practices to empower the people to help them improve their own lives.  We assist groups, individuals, and programs in starting their own enterprise and production of goods, marketable products and marketable skills. We focus on economic empowerment to provide families with food, medical care and educational needs to insure children have the means to attend school.  We prioritize education and job skill assistance to women, marginalized populations and the disabled. Maintaining respect for cultural and social practices, preserving dignity and building self reliance is a priority in our work.



 Empowering People, Changing Lives


Read how Lighting the Path helped a little boy have a future - Yaya's story HERE


When generosity, dedication and innovation work together in love, you can change the world. - Dawn Malcolm 

Giving A Future - Giving a Life