Poverty and hunger are present all over the globe. However, Senegal, West Africa remains one of the world’s least developed countries. Despite the country’s significant economic growth in the last few years and political stability, more than one-third of the population lives below the poverty line, and 75% of families suffer from chronic poverty.
Moreover, according to the World Food Program, food insecurity and malnutrition in Senegal stand at 7.2% and 8.2%, respectively. As insufficient food production, land degradation, droughts, and high food prices continue to plague the country, the number of food-insecure people is expected to rise to 850,000 during the lean season in 2021.
Fortunately, there are always people willing to lend a hand to those in need. Van Taylor is one of them. After working for corporate America for more than a decade and building multiple businesses to seven and eight figures, he realized that money can be used for much better purposes; Van Taylor decided to start building his own dreams and legacy to give back to the community.
After building a successful business, Van Taylor dedicated a significant portion of his earnings to eradicating poverty in Senegal. Van Taylor has been able to feed thousands of families, and he’s not planning to stop any time soon. He also started a promising project in the country: building a coding school for children.
High unemployment rates, low literacy rates, and a low human development index are among the leading causes of poverty in Senegal. By building a coding school, Van Taylor hopes to improve the current educational system in Senegal and help children learn new skills that will allow them to eradicate poverty through technology.
Van Taylor’s most recent trip to Senegal was very impactful, as he provided food for more than 100 families.
“The families in Senegal didn’t have government relief during the pandemic, like people did in the USA. These people were unable to get loans, public assistance, rental forgiveness, or access to capital to feed their families. So, going there and providing food, hope, and support was something these people were incredibly grateful for. Despite their difficult situation, they still received us with open arms and made us feel at home. We will continue to support the families every month to help eradicate the poverty the people are facing there,” Van Taylor says.
In addition to helping the Senegalese, Van Taylor also helps eradicate poverty in Black communities in America through financial education. He offers mentorships for social media branding and marketing, DIY credit repair, and building personal and business credit.
“I turn hustlers into entrepreneurs by developing systems and authentic brands, and building teams to scale to six-plus figures. I help people become authentic and tell their story to the world,” Van Taylor says. “I love helping others live their truth, and inspiring them, and teaching them how to monetize their expertise and passions.”
Van Taylor is a living example of the significant impact that one person can have on thousands of others. He hopes to become an inspiration for all aspiring entrepreneurs, so he offers to teach others how to build wealth to improve their lives and the lives of those who live on the brink of poverty.