Fredda Cherlet is no stranger to world travel and local volunteering. But it wasn’t until 2009 that she married her two passions and decided, during a trip to Tanzania, to find ways to give opportunities to those who didn’t have any.
An accountant by profession, Cherlet took an early retirement and in 2016 she joined Cuso International to travel to Myanmar as a small and medium enterprise advisor. She ended up writing a US Aid grant proposal for the organization, and was thrilled when they were awarded the equivalent of $112,000 Canadian dollars.
Now, thanks to Cherlet’s work and her placement partner, Myanmar Business Executive Association, 74 small and medium business owners in Bagan, Myanmar are receiving training and mentoring to help them and their businesses soar.
“I had always wanted to use the skills and education I was so fortunate to receive in Canada to create opportunity for those who needed it most,” says Cherlet.
Fredda lives in Edmonton where she volunteers with a charity she co-founded, Nafasi Opportunity Society, which delivers trade and business skills that empowers young women in Tanzania. She also sits on the boards of Alberta Council for Global Cooperation and Firefighters Without Borders.