Beverly Ott was born and raised in the United States (Indiana). She has a Masters Degree in International Social Work Planning and Management from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester University in Indiana. As a student she interned as a
lobbyist in the State Legislature, on as a congressional assistant on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, and in project management in Egypt. She spent 2 years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica and completed various social work actions in employment while in the US. In 1986, she began working with the US
non-governmental organization, World Neighbors, in Chad where she also met Olivier Hauville. In 1988, her work was transferred to Togo to follow up
development activities in primary health care and agriculture in a five country West African region.
It is in Togo that ECHOPPE was born in 1990. Today Beverly continues, in addition to supporting the reinforcement of social actions in ECHOPPE's practices, as a consultant in Africa on the strengths of entrepreneurship among women and their leadership .
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