Issue of the Week: Distribution of Global Resources

by Carissa Tham November 24, 2015

In Canada, counting our blessings requires far more than just two hands. So many of us have access to clean water, food, clothing, shelter, education, and countless other privileges. However, some populations have limited access to even the most basic of needs. This is what this week’s brand of the week, Wakami, is trying to solve. We’ll share more about how exactly they’re doing this on Thursday, but first, we’d like to get you thinking about how resources are spread around the world.

Many communities, particularly those in rural areas of third world countries, quite simply don’t have access to adequate resources. There are several factors that contribute to this. For starters, these communities typically have weak education systems. This is a vicious cycle because children are pulled out of school to help provide their families with the resources to survive. Because they don’t get a proper education, their abilities are limited and their economic potential weakened. They therefore can’t contribute much to improving their economy, which further limits resources and sees more children lose out on the opportunity to get educated.

Additionally, many rural communities are quite disconnected from other global markets. Transportation and communication to and from communities with small populations and no nearby metropolis’ is limited, so goods and information don’t travel here as easily as they do to urban areas. This restricts the variety of goods they have access to, and makes trade more difficult. Without the implementation of better infrastructure and programs, these communities become limited to what they can produce for themselves, and are unable to engage in global trade. This can be very hard in regions where natural resources are limited to begin with.

One could argue that there are many reasons why certain communities have such limited access to vital resources, but these two are among the ones that Wakami is looking to combat. Curious as to how? Check back in with us on Thursday to hear about the awesome impact Wakami is having in rural Guatemala!

Warm wishes,



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Carissa Tham
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