Nele Groosman at the Paradigm Project

by Anahi Santoyo

Nele Groos­man, a grad­u­ate of Inter­na­tional Affairs from North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity, started a new job posi­tion eleven months ago in Kenya as a Mar­ket Research and Impact Assess­ment Coor­di­na­tor at the Par­a­digm Project. The Par­a­digm Project is a social enter­prise whose mis­sion is to cre­ate sus­tain­able eco­nomic, social and envi­ron­men­tal value within devel­op­ing world com­mu­ni­ties. They achieve this by sell­ing fuel-efficient improved wood cook­ing stoves, which improve health, save time and money, empower women, help slow the rate of defor­esta­tion, and cre­ate jobs.

Nele is pas­sion­ate about social entre­pre­neur­ship, job cre­ation, women’s empow­er­ment and life improve­ment of mar­gin­al­ized peo­ple in the Sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, her involve­ment in Africa started before her job in the Par­a­digm Project. In 2008, she was inspired by her expe­ri­ence dur­ing the field study pro­gram in South Africa with Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy. Years later, she was pro­gram assis­tant in Kenya at the non-profit Fly­ing Kites Global, a res­i­den­tial care cen­ter for orphans. Later on, she did a 6-week con­sul­tancy job at Bridge Inter­na­tional Acad­e­mies, a for-profit busi­ness whose mis­sion is to rev­o­lu­tion­ize access to poor fam­i­lies across Africa. Finally, she became a vol­un­teer pro­gram coor­di­na­tor at Good­Mak­ers Film, a non-profit that edu­cates and empow­ers orphaned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in Nairobi’s slums.

Nele Groos­man is just one of many great exam­ples of how young peo­ple are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the world

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