Out Of Poverty And Into Global Abundance With Paul Polak

This episode was featured on The Huffington Post.

I’m very excited to share today’s special guest with you.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Paul Polak has worked with thousands of farmers in countries around the world—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe–to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved more than 20 million people out of poverty.

Before establishing IDE (International Development Enterprises), Paul practiced psychiatry for 23 years in Colorado.

To better understand the environments influencing his patients, Paul would visit their homes and workplaces.

After a trip he made to Bangladesh, he was inspired to use the skills he had honed while working with homeless veterans and mentally ill patients in Denver to serve the 800 million people living on a dollar a day around the world.

Employing the same tactics he pioneered as a psychiatrist, Paul spent time “walking with farmers through their one-acre farms and enjoying a cup of tea with their families, sitting on a stool in front of their thatched-roof mud–and–wattle homes.”

Paul’s ability to respond with innovative solutions–such as the $25 treadle pump and small farm drip–irrigation systems starting at $3—helped increase poor farmers’ net income by $288 million annually.

Today, Paul Polak is the Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.7 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.

The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology.

Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day.


In today’s episode, Paul dives deep and shares stories and wisdom from the experiences he’s had as a social entrepreneur.

Now, let’s dive right into the episode.

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How Paul went from psychiatrist to social entrepreneur.
  • How making a Bollywood film was Paul’s greatest strategy for expanding social awareness.
  • How Spring Health India is supplying clean water and boosting local economies in India.
  • The powerful practices you need to know to create maximal impact as a social entrepreneur.
  • What you should focus on to eliminate poverty globally.
  • The business solution to ending global poverty.

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More links to resources by Paul Polak…

Paul Polak Resources

The Business Solution To Poverty: Designing Products And Services To Three Billion New Customers

Out Of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail 

Paul is eager to connect with ambitious, driven, inspired, motivated, and hungry individuals who want to be his successor and are able and willing to run one of his social enterprises.

If this sounds like you, reach out to Paul by using the contact form on his website.

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How will you play a role in creating abundance in the world?

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