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Community Highlights: Meet Travis Trull of Flint Global

Today we’d like to introduce you to Travis Trull. 

Hi Travis, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
My story begins in East Africa’s tropical highlands, where I was born and spent many of my most formative childhood years. My friends, neighbors, parents, and many others who surrounded me modeled lives of service, of sacrifice, of hard work, of community, and of collaboration. They taught me to envision and believe in a world where hope and possibility can break through the pain, suffering, and heartache that often overwhelm. They taught me that problems are not solved by heroes, but by ordinary, struggling people working together to co-create a better world. And that is the mission I’m on: to join other ordinary, struggling people—people like me—and collaboratively make bold, extraordinary efforts to make the world just a little bit brighter. 

It has been an unexpected journey across dozens of countries with countless plot twists, failures, celebrations, and people to thank for carrying me along the way. Those many long stories spun together like a web, and in early 2020 Flint Global was officially launched. Flint is, of course, a reference to the fire-starting stone. A small, unassuming tool that, in the right person’s hands, used the right way, can ignite incredible transformation. At Flint, we equip people who are struggling to provide for themselves to break cycles of poverty, dependency, and abandonment by building businesses and multiplying household incomes. The objective: flourishing families and communities who make the world a brighter place. A lifetime spent in some of the world’s most challenging economic environments makes it clear — there are simple, practical tools, skills, and connections that provide pathways out of poverty and into human flourishing. At Flint, we specialize in those tools, skills, and connections, and our role is simple: we partner with incredible community leaders around the world to equip people to ignite lasting, generational change in their own families and communities. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
In entrepreneurship, the willingness to take on challenges, to solve problems, is the engine that makes the machine move. Although we are a nonprofit organization, we are most fundamentally entrepreneurs creatively solving challenging problems. So, challenges are part and parcel for the course. However, with the impact of Covid-19 and associated global travel restrictions, those challenges have increased in complexity. We are currently working in seven nations across three continents, not including the USA, so travel limitations have complicated feedback loops and opportunities for problem-solving. Likewise, launching a nonprofit at the beginning of a global pandemic means challenges to raising the funds that make our work and impact possible. “Bootstrapping” a nonprofit from the ground up continues to be an exciting challenge, and continuing to grow our dedicated community of regular givers and change-makers (or “The Spark,” as they have been dubbed) is critically important at this stage of our work. 

We’ve been impressed with Flint Global, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Flint Global is a social impact organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit currently partnering with amazing community leaders in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Colombia, Guatemala, and more soon to come. We work with refugees, rural farmers, orphans, and at-risk youth, urban entrepreneurs, and local charitable organizations and ministries serving some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Our work is simple, practical, and non-heroic. We don’t save the day or solve people’s problems for them. Instead, where we are invited, we equip amazing people with practical tools, skills, and connections that enable them to solve their own problems for generations to come. It is an honor to work with so many incredible people around the world, and we are excited to see this growing global community also include so many of our friends and neighbors here in Tennessee and around the U.S. who are participating by volunteering their skills, funding new businesses, traveling to learn more, and providing encouragement to our partners around the world. 

How do you define success?
To me, success is when one’s heart is at peace and full of love for the people in their life and in their sphere at any given moment, and that one lives in a way that might make the lives of those around them richer. 


  • $50 p/month transforms a family’s history forever by equipping them to build a business that multiplies household income, providing unprecedented access to healthy food, shelter, water, education, and medical care.

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