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News from Cochabamba

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Nathan Cut­ler is sec­ond year stu­dent in Inter­na­tional Affairs and Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies with a minor in Latin Amer­ica Stud­ies. Cur­rently he is doing an inter­na­tional Co-op in Bolivia, Cochabamba in Fun­dación Pro Hábi­tat, an NGO which strives to improve the well­be­ing of impov­er­ished peo­ple by hous­ing, legal paper­work and legal advo­cacy. How­ever, his social work started at LIFT-Boston, a social advo­cacy orga­ni­za­tion that works to empower peo­ple lack­ing eco­nomic oppor­tu­ni­ties. Since the begin­ning Nathan was inter­ested in empow­er­ing immi­grants and less for­tune peo­ple. Although he is cur­rently in Bolivia he had some time to talk with me about his mag­nif­i­cent work in Cochabamba.

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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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Amanda Prifti: Partners in Health

Every­one is hard-working, unbe­liev­ably friendly, ded­i­cated and united for a greater pur­pose — end­ing global health inequal­ity. When some­thing so mean­ing­ful is a com­mon fac­tor in an envi­ron­ment, it’s elec­tri­fy­ing. Con­ta­gious. Invig­o­rat­ing. Really makes wak­ing up every morn­ing a plea­sure rather than a chore,” said Amanda Prifti, a senior at North­east­ern fin­ish­ing her final co-op at Part­ners in Health.

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Root Cause: A Glimpse of a Social Impact Market at Work

For stu­dents seek­ing co-operative edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties in the social enter­prise space, just across the river an orga­ni­za­tion called Root Cause, a lead­ing research and con­sult­ing firm for non­prof­its in Cam­bridge, has embraced North­east­ern stu­dents like Justin Berg­eron through it’s co-op pro­gram with the Soci­ol­ogy Depart­ment. Berg­eron, a Polit­i­cal Sci­ence major cur­rently work­ing in Root Cause’s …
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