Nele Groosman at the Paradigm Project

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.

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Juan Pena Salas at Esperanza

Work­ing at Esper­anza as a finan­cial ana­lyst has been an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence with a lot of engag­ing and fun oppor­tu­ni­ties. My main respon­si­bil­ity is to do end of the month reports for the orga­ni­za­tion. These reports are then used to make deci­sions on the organization’s per­for­mance and meth­ods, and they help us to rec­og­nize which branches of the orga­ni­za­tion are under/over performing.

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November Lecture Series featuring Akshaya Patra in Food for Education

On Novem­ber 26, 2012, the North­east­ern Social Enter­prise Insti­tute hosted Madu Srid­hat, pres­i­dent and CEO of Akshaya Patra, for its Novem­ber Lec­ture Series event.

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Venture Well & Village Capital Event Take Aways

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The 24th of Octo­ber Joseph Steig came to North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity to talk about this new pro­gram cre­ated by the National Col­le­giate Inven­tors and Inno­va­tors Alliance with the help of Ven­ture Well and Vil­lage Cap­i­tal. This pro­gram helps iden­tify IT and clean tech inno­va­tions in top uni­ver­si­ties. It is an inten­sive two-weekend pro­gram where stu­dents receive …
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In the Field Update from Kenya

The past two months have flown by here. I orig­i­nally planned to come here to inde­pen­dently research Kenya’s micro­fi­nance landscape—seeking to under­stand how Kenyans, both in rural areas and in the slums of Nairobi, use rotat­ing sav­ings and cred­its asso­ci­a­tions (ROSCAs) and accu­mu­lat­ing sav­ings and credit asso­ci­a­tions (ASCAs) to man­age their finances— rather than the MFIs in the coun­try. But then while co-oping in China and think­ing about my expe­ri­ences at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, I decided I wanted to learn more about approaches to income devel­op­ment beyond increas­ing access to finan­cial resources.

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TSiBA Education: More than a Co-op

This past spring semes­ter, I had the great for­tune to be on co-op in Cape Town, South Africa work­ing for TSiBA Edu­ca­tion at the Igni­tion Cen­tre. TSiBA Edu­ca­tion is a tuition-free higher edu­ca­tion provider that focuses on build­ing future busi­ness lead­ers from South Africa’s pool of tal­ented but poor and dis­ad­van­taged young people.

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