By Madlen Gubernick On my first day as a Communications Co-op at New Profit, I was handed a sheet of paper outlining the “Millennial Impact Fellow Video Competition,” a new initiative for involving young agentsContinue reading
By Elodie Kwan “Keep making the world better than you found it.” A good friend gave me this note before I left for Kenya. I’ve kept it in my wallet ever since. It’s a dailyContinue reading
By Elena Crouch I would say with certainty that I am privileged. “Privilege” is a hot-button term that was thrown around incessantly during the most recent US elections and continues even now in the post-electionContinue reading
By Mariel Natanawan When I first came to Northeastern University, like many other students, I was inspired by the idea of making a difference. I followed that aspiration by enrolling in my first social entrepreneurshipContinue reading
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.
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.