November 13th, 2012
Empowering the poor to help themselves: FII CEO and President Maurice Lim Miller, a MacArthur Genius Award winner, discusses his work.
"She didn't like welfare," said Maurice Miller said of his single mother. "Even the people that wanted to be helpful, she found it patronizing."
Miller vividly recalls how his mother struggled with being on government assistance.
"The social worker kept asking her, 'So what do you need, what's the problems in your life?'" My mother came home and said, 'But she never asked me what I was good at, what I wanted, what I could really accomplish.'"