Social Enterprise Institute July 2013 Newsletter In This Issue ▪ From the Founder & Director▪ News & Student Spotlight▪ Upcoming Events▪ Internsh

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Social Enterprise Institute July 2013 Newsletter

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SEI and TSiBA students tour Izikalo Lwazi, a paper producer in Hout Bay that empowers women through employment and skill-training during the South Africa Field Study

In This Issue

From the Founder & Director
News & Student Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Internships & Co-ops
Contact Us


From the Founder & Executive Director

Microfinance vs. Biotechnology: Defining Success and Failure

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 and teach in both disciplines. While the two industries and markets are of course quite different, there are lessons to be learned when comparing the perception and reality of these two important areas of development.

Read more here

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SEI students visit La Red Guaconejo, a coffee cooperative during the Dominican Republic Field Study

News & Student Spotlight

Read about the 2013 Dominican Republic field study and the student-led solutions for some of the country's most impoverished communities.
Q&A: SEI alumna Kristen Paonessa reflects upon her first year as a teacher.
Sam Manning returns to South Africa to implement an employment project for women living with HIV/AIDS with the SARCS.
For two students, a drip irrigation system for Mata Los Indios started as a project for SEI's Capstone class. Read about how it became a reality here.

Upcoming Events

Dell Social Innovation Challenge and's One-Day Bootcamp

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge is teaming up with to host a one-day bootcamp in NYC for budding social entrepreneurs on July 20th. Develop your skills in website building, marketing, donor relationship management, and visual storytelling skills. Click here to learn more.


McKinley Garden Volunteer Day

Looking for a volunteer opportunity with one of Boston's social enterprises? Join Haley House for its monthly garden work day at McKinley Garden starting on Saturday, August 3rd. Please email for more information.

Celebrate the Harvest

The Food Project is hosting their second annual gala "Celebrate the Harvest" on September 10th. Attendees will learn how The Food Project is a difference in the lives of young people and in the health of our local communities as well as enjoy delicious food, fresh from the farm.


Internships & Co-ops


Accion is a nonprofit microfinance organization that provides lending and financial education to entrepreneurs nationwide. The Accion Loan Operations internship is an opportunity to learn and apply skills to work in the field of domestic microfinance. Loan Operations interns work closely with the Accion loan consultants to complete and analyze the loan application. From the beginning of the micro lending process, interns assist in document collection and loan analysis – gaining valuable knowledge about domestic microfinance.


The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is seeking a full-time finance associate to join its team. The finance associate will generate data and assemble reports on various aspects of Bridgespan’s revenues and expenses, working under the direction of senior Finance team members. Another responsibility includes overseeing the monthly time and expense cycle, using the Tenrox system. For more information, click here.

LIFT Boston

LIFT Boston is seeking a fall Fundraising and Development intern. The Development Team works to increase the financial resources available to LIFT- Boston. Fundraising and Development interns work with the Development Manager in the development of financial donations, outreach, donor and vendor communications, building community partnerships and more.

The Komera Project

The Komera Project, in collaboration with Partners In Health was formed to assist girls who have the courage and desire to pursue secondary education, but lack the resources to do so. The Komera Project is seeking an intern to work closely with the executive director to help scale this organization while learning about the nonprofit sector. Learn more here.

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SEI students present their final project on livestock and cows (or vacas) to the community for input

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Disclaimer: The content of this newsletter is developed by SEI undergraduate students. Submissions are solicited and in some cases edited by students, with the guidance of SEI’s staff. Nothing herein has been specifically endorsed by the DMSB

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