Formal and dignified employment eludes billions of people around the world, but Samasource, a highly innovative social business, acknowledges the internet as a democratizing and empowering force that can provide dignified work. Samasource connects women and youth earning under $3 a day to microwork: computer-driven piecework conducted over the internet that provides a fair wage and valuable job training skills to the those formerly excluded from the formal sector.
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.
As a member of the International Business program at Northeastern, I spent my entire fourth year overseas participating in a study abroad and international co-op. I was so enthralled with global experience that I added two field study programs before and after my IB requirement. This experiential year as an expatriate strives to develop us as global leaders, thinkers, and doers. I had the opportunity to travel to over a dozen different countries in only 12 months; more than I have ever in my entire life. But the gnawing question when I returned to the states really made me think about what it means to go abroad: “What was your favorite part?”
Through my work with Heart Capital, I have been able to get into a Skype call with one of the creators of the Acumen Fund’s reporting tool, PULSE, and into the office of J-PAL Africa at the University of Cape Town. For students of social entrepreneurship or really anybody looking for an interesting and engaging co-op position, I highly recommend the one I currently have.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Cebisa Mahlukwana, a member of the 2008 South Africa Field Study Program. At the conclusion of the program, […]