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Students Commit at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

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On April 5th, 13 stu­dents from the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute trav­eled to St. Louis, Mis­souri to take part in the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity con­fer­ence (CGIU). Over the week­end, they pre­sented projects, inter­acted with stu­dents from around the coun­try and world, and lis­tened to lead­ers in the field such as Muham­mad Yunus and Bill Clin­ton. Just …
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Doing Something That Changes Lives Every Morning, One Cup at a Time….

SEI students visiting fair trade cooperatives in coffee country, Nicaragua

If you are one of the mil­lions of peo­ple who drink cof­fee every morn­ing, con­sider drink­ing Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, or using one of their Keurig machines. Here’s one rea­son why.

I was walk­ing up a steep hill in 100 degree heat in North­ern Nicaragua ear­lier this month, with 25 of our social enter­prise stu­dents, as part of our senior cap­stone class. We were in the sec­ond poor­est coun­try in the West­ern Hemi­sphere, and in one of its poor­est regions, when we came upon a sign say­ing that Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, through its cor­po­rate social respon­si­bil­ity pro­gram, had sup­ported a poor small­holder farmer coop­er­a­tive with com­mu­nity investments.

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Katie Messick in La Chureca

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Located out­side of Nicaragua’s cap­i­tal city of Man­agua, La Chureca is a com­mu­nity of 1,200 indi­vid­u­als liv­ing in the city’s munic­i­pal dump. The com­mu­nity is severely under­served in access to pub­lic ser­vices and unable to sus­tain them­selves. Manna Project Inter­na­tional (MPI), an orga­ni­za­tion work­ing to empower com­mu­ni­ties in need through vol­un­teer sup­port and edu­ca­tional pro­grams, is …
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Nicaraguan Impact-Investment Fund: the capstone class is returning to Nicaragua

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A sig­na­ture pro­gram of SEI is the senior cap­stone course, Advanced Stud­ies in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship. This course helps stu­dents under­stand the role that agri­cul­tural coop­er­a­tives and enter­prises play in alle­vi­at­ing extreme poverty among rural small­holder farm­ers. To achieve this objec­tive, stu­dents travel to Nicaragua to apply their class­room learn­ing and engage in impact invest­ing of …
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