The Alternative

“They never ask me what I’m good at.” Those words from Mauricio Miller’s mother—referring to all the professional “helpers” she interacted with— showed him why both public and private anti-poverty programs fail: they focus on people’s weaknesses and failures instead of their talents and aspirations. Miller established an entirely different—and extremely successful—approach, investing in people’s ambitions and demonstrated strengths and treating them as contributors rather than passive recipients of charity.