Five Dollars

Have you seen the website www.Fiverr.com?

The concept was developed so that people who offer products and services can post “gigs” that you can buy for just $5.   A “gig” could be anything, e.g. it might be giving you advice on your hairstyle for $5, or writing jokes for your speech, for $5.  One of the more fun ones is this “I will write the message of your choice in alphabet spaghetti on toast, photograph it and email you… for $5”.   At the time of writing this blog 73 people had purchased this gig.

My wife’s birthday is next week, what do you think? “Happy Birthday, Anne” in Spaghettos on toast?  Probably not, but my seven-year-old son would get a kick out of it.

After the fun of searching around the site for the best of the gigs, I got to thinking.  This is exactly what the extreme poor need, opportunity.

A person placing a gig on Fiverr.com gets $4.00 from every sale, Fiverr keeps one dollar. So, if a person living in extreme poverty were to make only one sale every two days that would double his income. Pretty good!

Now that I have you thinking about “Fiverr-for-the-Poor.com”, it is actually fraught with difficulties.  For one, most of the extreme poor don’t speak or write English.  Two, the extreme poor don’t have access to computers or if they do, they don’t have the communication abilities needed to succeed at such a venture.  Three, they don’t have easily transferable services or products to offer…so much for launching the latest poverty busting craze.

However, there is something fun and vibrant about Fiverr.com.  It bustles with opportunity, especially for those with undiscovered talents and unique product ideas.

Opportunity is what the extreme poor lack most.  People living in extreme poverty are full of undiscovered talents and ideas, but lack the exposure and chance for someone with means to appreciate their abilities.

So why can’t we harness the fun of Fiverr.com and bring big changes in the lives of the poorest people on earth with as little as five bucks?

About C.H. Dyer

I am the CEO of Bright Hope. I am dedicated to helping those who earn less than $1.00 a day. There are one billion people in my target market (the extreme poor) and I could use some help. I am a Christian, father of three (two are internationally adopted), entrepreneur, speaker, improving writer and amateur photographer.

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