Our Team

The Poverty Stoplight team consists of a young, energetic group of people from around the world, all of whom are passionate about human and social development.

The team is made up of three departments: International Replications, Poverty Stoplight in Businesses, and Civil Society. Among us, we speak many languages, and hold different expertise, but we are united by our ambition to change the world.

Dr. Martin Burt


Dr. Martin Burt is founder (1985) and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya, an organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty.

As a pioneer in applying microfinance, microfranchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies, he has also developed the Poverty Stoplight. This new metric is now being implemented in more than 20 countries, including the US and the UK.

He holds a PhD from Tulane University and teaches at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the United States and at the American University in Nigeria.

Dr. Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. In public service, he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asuncion, and was appointed Vice Minister of Commerce. He has books published and has received numerous awards.

Dr. Martin Burt was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, in 1957 where he resides with his family.

The Team

Meet the staff behind the global effort!

Luis Fernando Sanabria
Eduardo Gustale
Manager, Poverty Stoplight
Raul Gauto
Stephanie Manciagli
Kathi Hammler
Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
Lourdes Aguero
Manger, Operations
Nancy Ramos
Manager, Methodology
Verse Shom
Telma Alvarenga
Juan Fernando Gomez
Technician, International Replicas
Lilian Muñoz
Coordinator, community
Part of

Fundación Paraguaya is a self-sustainable, non-governmental organization. Since its foundation in 1985, it has spearheaded microfinance and entrepreneurship in Paraguay. With more than 450 staff in 28 offices across the country, Fundación Paraguaya develops and implements practical, innovative, and sustainable solutions to eliminate poverty in order to create decent conditions for all families using four inter-related strategies:

A microcredit program, which serves more than 86.000 small and emerging micro-entrepreneurs who are largely ignored by other microfinance institutions;

A program of entrepreneurial and financial education for children and youth;

A program of financially self-sustainable farming high-schools that train the sons and daughters of vulnerable farmers to become their own “rural entrepreneurs;”

TeachAManToFish, a separate NGO established in London that helps spreading the Fundación’s financially self-sufficient school model around the world.