Founder’ Story – Louis Pope
Louis is a veteran entrepreneur and social innovator. In 1978, Louis founded US Synthetic, a $400 MM manufacturing and engineering company in the US making diamond cutters for the oil and gas industry. He set the business up as an employee-owned company and eventually employed nearly 1,000 people in Utah and created a Shingo Award-winning lean manufacturing operation. When he retired from US Synthetic, he turned his passion for entrepreneurship to helping the poorest of the poor to pull themselves out of poverty using business as the tool to help them find self-reliance. In 2000 he founded the first social business, Yehu Microfinance, that would be part of the Asante Foundation family of enterprises. He has spent years living in Africa founding and managing these enterprises for the foundation. He has an MBA and BA in MechanicalEngineering. Louis has helped found many NGO’s including Unitus. His passion is in social enterprise, helping the rural farmers to become more productive so they can significantly increase their incomes to become self-reliant. His business philosophy is informed by his faith. His family and 30 grandchildren are growing up as global citizens determined to be change-makers in this world. That is his true legacy.
"Wealth is a temporal asset but an eternal liability. We are all equal in potential and worth. The greatest waste is to underestimate human value"
Past Enterprises – supporting farmers