The FXB Journey is a blog covering the travels of photographer Jillian Edelstein for FXB International, an NGO which is dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty.
2014 marks FXB’s 25th anniversary year and I have been commissioned to create a photography exhibition to celebrate this milestone – the idea is to raise awareness of FXB’s cause and to showcase all the work the organisation has done over the past 25 years.
As part of the exhibition, I’ve been commissioned to visit nearly 30 FXBVillage programmes across 6 countries – Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, China, Colombia and India. I’m looking to capture the essence of each programme and produce 25 iconic images that encapsulate the work of FXB for its 25th anniversary.
The FXBVillage programme, pioneered by FXB International’s founder Albina du Boisrouvray in 1989, has helped more than 12,000 families (or 75,000 people) out of extreme poverty across Africa, India, Latin America, China and South East Asia.
Albina’s innovative ‘self-sufficiency’ approach to poverty eradication focuses on a fully-integrated model, designed to simultaneously address the five drivers of extreme poverty – the lack of healthcare, housing, education, nutrition and business. By helping individuals set up businesses, allowing them to take responsibility for their own future income, enables long-term prosperity and helps them combat the other four drivers of poverty once FXB support had been withdrawn.