Bente and Brian Newbury have always been the hospitable type, with a knack for gathering people together and nurturing new friendships. When the couple moved from a rural area to the suburbs of Lacombe, Alberta, they saw an opportunity that came with the move.
Dakota woke up soaking wet in the freezing water of a creek bed. “That was my breaking point,” he remembers. “I didn’t want to be homeless anymore.”
Dakota had been living in a range of places in downtown Denver, Colorado, from ‘the platform’—a slab of concrete next to a fence that was good for putting up a tarp on wet nights—to ‘the hole,’ the wooded valley where he woke up in the creek.
Dakota felt broken and forgotten during his days on the streets. “You get into this lifestyle and you keep going day by day and days turn into weeks turn into months turn into years.”
When Fatima started her own business in Chinandega, Nicaragua, she doubted her management abilities.
“I didn’t know what I produced or how much I had,” reflected Fatima. “I didn’t know what I was managing.”