The story of FEMI
In 1990, Ruud Bakhuizen became director and owner of the Hooge Raedt Groep, a successful holding consortium with interests in property. Ruud was seeking to do some good with his money and, like any genuine entrepreneur, had a good look around before coming to some solid decisions.
Together with his wife Annelies he decided to focus on improving the living conditions of children. After donating to a number of recognised charities, the couple decided to set up their own foundation. This enabled them to remain close to their personal philosophy and to facilitate the development of a wider scope of activities. FEMI (Foundation to Earth, Mankind through Inspiration and Initiative) was established on 28 December 1995.
At the time, the Board consisted of Ruud and Annelies Bakhuizen, Waling Koning, Herman van Keulen and Martien van den Heuvel. Ineke van Keulen is one of their great sources of inspiration.
Over the years, FEMI has learned a great deal from both their successes and their setbacks.
The Foundation continues to grow thanks to the energy of many dedicated volunteers, the efforts of Ruud and Annelies Bakhuizen and FEMI’s enormous network. A number of other organisations have now been integrated into the FEMI Foundation, including Uno-Inkomen, Zero-Kap and The Good Shepherd, which only lends muscle to FEMI’s increasing knowledge and reach.
Zero-Kap exists as a named fund under the FEMI umbrella. The fund provides credit to people in developing countries trapped in structural poverty, but who have ideas and ambitions of escaping poverty’s downward spiral. Zero-Kap offers them access to financial means which they would otherwise be unable to secure.