Since July 1999, Zariq Siddiqui has been with Abbott Laboratories, a leading health care company based in Chicago, Illinois. He currently serves as Abbott’s nutrition products sales director, overseeing the sales training, analytics, and operations of distributors and group purchasing organizations. Outside of his professional career, Zariq Siddiqui contributes to several philanthropic organizations, including Unbound.
Formerly known as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Unbound is a lay Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to serving individuals and families in need. Unbound focuses its efforts on children, youth, the aging population, and their families, with services and programs offered in 19 countries. The organization works with families at the grassroots level, helping them come together in small groups to support each other. Programs are aimed at strengthening communities so that they can become self-sufficient.
One of Unbound’s sponsored programs is the Miracle Seed Rice Mill project of Quezon, Philippines. Constructed in 2009 by Unbound-sponsored families in the region, the Miracle Seed Mill benefits Quezon’s rice-farming families who are unable to earn a sufficient income selling to middlemen and other mills. In addition to employing local rice mill operators, the Miracle Seed Mill purchased the palay, or paddy, rice grain from local farmers and supplied milled rice to sponsored families. Unbound’s outcome assessment showed that the mill had moderately improved the incomes of the farmers who used it. It also improved the food supply for farmers’ families and the quality of their diets.