One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund

Farmers are the solution to poverty and hunger. They make up the majority of the population in the world’s developing countries. And they are some of the hardest-working people on the planet. One Acre Fund puts farmers first.  One Acre Fund 

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Room to Read

Room to Read

Room to Read focuses on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  They work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school […]

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Microfinance vs. Biotechnology: Defining Success and Failure

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By Dennis Shaughnessy  When I think of the gap between theory and field in microfinance, and in the definition of success or failure in alleviating poverty, the comparison that comes to mind is with new cancer drugs developed by biotechnology companies. Amgen vs. ACCION, Genentech vs. Grameen, if you will. I’ve been fortunate to study, work […]

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Blanketing Unemployment: Sam Manning and the SARCS

By Rachel Shaheen  After a team of nine SEI field study students engaged in business consultation with the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) last summer, one student returned this year to transform what was simply a student proposal into a tangible, full-functioning program. Sam Manning, a rising junior and international affairs major, arrived in Cape […]

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Nico Rodriguez and Habib El Magrissy Turn Capstone Project into a Reality

By Nico Rodriguez DRIP (Dominican Republic Irrigation Project) started as a capstone project for Advanced Studies in Social Entrepreneurship during the spring of 2013. The initial vision for the project included the installation of a drip irrigation system to increase the yields of the crops being grown in Mata Los Indios, Dominican Republic—and ultimately the incomes […]

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2013 Dominican Republic Field Study Program Summary

  By Rebecca Willett Just a few weeks ago, 31 SEI students completed a month-long field study program in the Dominican Republic. This trip marked the fifth year of the Social Enterprise Institute’s Dominican Republic Field Study program, and we are excited to count this one as another great success, alongside our partner microfinance organization, Esperanza […]

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