President, USA & Malawi Board Member

Steven Chartier

For almost 35 years I have operated Heritage Plumbing, Heating Cooling, & Electric, a successful business located in the northeast corner of the United States. My entrepreneurial spirit along with my passion for servant leadership  lead me to humbly accept the role as the president of Good Soil Partners in 2018. My personal story of living in poverty and difficult conditions as a child resonates with the vision, purpose, and mission of Good Soil Partners.

My journey to serving as president and an international board member began in 2010 when I traveled to Malawi with my wife, Cindy, and our children to assist at an orphanage. I reluctantly accepted this invitation. Seeing first-hand the extreme poverty and lack of resources that the people of Malawi lived with day to day was overwhelming and exhausting. But even in the midst of these dark clouds we found a silver lining — the children! While language barriers made it difficult to communicate effectively, it didn’t matter. The eyes of the children spoke volumes into their need to feel loved, accepted, and cared for. This was now personal for me.

Young people are the future of any country. Helping them to flourish and reach their potential is not a wishful endeavor, but rather a mandatory calling. I’m committed to this mission. I travel to Malawi a few times per year to work with the Good Soil Partners Malawi board of directors and to help children improve their education as well as their leadership and entrepreneurship skills. Our love of the people of Malawi led my wife and I to adopt three children from the country. Together we now have seven children: Solomon, Ashley, Elton, Rosie, Danny, Matthew, and Parker. Through our work at Good Soil Partners, we also are privileged to have more than 100 Malawian children who us call us Mom and Dad.

I live in New Hampshire with my wife, Cindy, In the little free time I have outside of my business and leading Good Soil Partners, I enjoy biking and spending time with my family, especially my three grandchildren.

I see it as a privilege to be part of the GSP scholarship program as I do not only benefit tuition fees but also the leadership and entrepreneurship training programs. Through GSP I feel I will become a better leader and citizen. Thanks to GSP I am where I am now.
Alepha Kaferekudowa
Good Soil Partner Student
To GSP, my words cannot be enough to express my gratitude for the impact that you are doing in Malawi. Through your help, I am now able to help my siblings and family with some basic needs and I am now looking forward to helping more and more people so that through me they can realize their potential.
Saidi Smoke
Good Soil Partner Student & Graduate
It is a great feeling seeing myself achieve my goals of being at the university while GSP is handling my tuition and other school necessities. What a big impact GSP is having in my life and my family who can not afford my college expenses. I am grateful to GSP for the impact they are making
Amos Chipata
Good Soil Partner Student