Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

Back to School Snacks: Delicious and Impactful

Top 5 Socially Conscious Snack Bars By Alexina Prather Now that the fall semester has officially begun, snacks are an essential part of a busy student’s diet. Luckily, as snack eaters, there are many different options that can keep you prepared for long hours in the library. Each day you have the ability to make choices that […]

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Dialogue Reflection

My Choices with Emily S

Learning Empathy in India: A Dive into Design Thinking by Kayla O’Neill This past June, 24 undergraduate students arrived in Hyderabad, India, excited to gain hands-on experience in social enterprise and sustainable development, and to experience what the unique country had to offer. We were fortunate enough to visit successful programs that were enacting social change in […]

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Co-op Spotlight: Bridge International Academies


by Isha Singhal “Knowledge for all” is Bridge International Academies’ mission, simple and to the point. But you can’t truly begin to understand the planning and creativity that goes into running about 400 schools, let alone one, until you are a part of the process. Last semester, thanks to Northeastern’s co-op program, I had the incredible […]

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Assistant Director of Programs, Nina Angeles


Interview by Eesha Ramanujam What is your position in SEI? I am the Assistant Director of Programs at the Social Enterprise Institute. I started working full-time in June and am still relatively new in this exciting position! How do you see your role within SEI? The work I do at SEI takes a lot of different shapes. I help […]

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Dr. Farmer’s Diagnosis: This Time, an Infection We Don’t Want a Vaccine to Treat

by Dennis R. Shaughnessy My students often ask me for a specific and exact definition of a social entrepreneur.  Just one definition, that’s clear and concise and definitive.  It’s not so easy to answer that question, given the many definitions offered by a diverse group of people.  It’s surely an interdisciplinary question, one that involves not […]

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Poverty, Wide and Deep 

Moses and Jeanette are working with TSiBA’s Monwabisi Nkepu and Thembisa Qhawula and Northeastern’s Andrea Garcia and Leah Bury in hopes that fresh eyes might be able to ferret out hidden costs, discover new market opportunities, and bring a fresh strategic perspective to Nfayo Products.

Husband-and-wife team Moses and Jeanette Tinfayo own and operate Nfayo Products, a retail business whose flagship product is the Wonder Bag. At home, Jeanette sews the Wonder Bag, an insulated cloth sack that can turn half-cooked meat and vegetables into a fully cooked meal, no extra energy needed. Moses and Jeanette both work on the ground […]

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