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Engaging the Citizenry Through Social Enterprise

Social enterprises can help build stability in countries facing political crises by addressing root causes of civilian discontent.

By Andrew B. Lala | Mar. 3, 2015

Peace Corps Week in the Northeast

(Photo) Boston RPCVs Dennis Ramsier (Liberia, 1971-1973) Diane Gallagher (Cape Verde, 1990-1992) representing their host countries during the Around the World Fair at Boston University on March 2nd. 

¡Adelante! A Youth Empowerment Center in Aguascalientes, Mexico

A BARPCV community grant

For two months over the summer, three students from the University of California, Berkeley, lived in the barrio of Las Cumbres 3 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to create a youth empowerment center. Las Cumbres 3, a small community in Augascalientes, is a collection of 300 families who illegally built shacks along privately owned land and settled. The area is not recognized as a community by the state, and therefore receives few resources. For the two months in which the three college students from the U.S. visited, 18 students ages 13-15 worked with the Berkeley students on education and life skills. Most importantly, the students worked together to think of sustainable projects that they could implement in their communities, to make a small impact on where they live.

Stories from Ukraine-McGrew, RPCV

Hi, my name is Jake McGrew and I just joined BARPCV. I was sent to Ukraine in September as part of the TEFL program. My training site was a very small town called Kozelets, which was an hour away from Kyiv (and Chernobyl..) and I was living with a single mother who had a son my age who was married and living in Kyiv. My host mom (Natasha) was the "cool mom" and had a facebook and everything. I loved running at the nearby stadium with her every night, even when it started snowing in late November. Around this time is when the EuroMaidan protests began, but even being an hour away our town was unaffected, until swearing-in. We actually had to be sworn-in a day early because we didn't know if we would be able to safely make it to the Embassy.

Mobile money helps Kenyans weather financial storms

New study shows how electronic cash transfers help people cope with income problems

Only about one-fourth of Kenyans have access to a traditional bank, and many people in the country farm for a living. Add those things together, and the result is that a large number of Kenyans are vulnerable to unpredictable income fluctuations. But a new study co-authored by MIT economist Tavneet Suri shows that a growing form of electronic payments is helping Kenyans weather these financial problems by letting them informally borrow and lend money more easily.  >>Read More

Newstory sourced from Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office

 

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