UPDATE: Our Catalyst goal has been fulfilled, bringing us that much closer to our $6,000 overall goal!

With the help of our generous supporters, we reached our Catalyst goal of $2,500! In addition to the rest of the money we have raised, this brings us to a current total of just over $5,000—just short of our total goal of $6,000!

We have high hopes that we will not only meet but EXCEED our goal. Please join our cause by making a donation or passing information on to others!

PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!

Catalyst is an online tool developed by Northeastern University that makes it easy to follow, connect with, and support the most innovative and inspiring student projects at Northeastern University. We are excited to announce that we have been selected as one of Catalyst’s latest projects, and our project page is now live!

By helping us reach our Catalyst goal of $2,500 (only a portion of our overall goal of $6,000), you are playing a critical part in bringing important resources and opportunities to the impoverished communities we will be working in. The amazing people in these communities deserve so much more than what their social, political, and economic situations have left them with, and we are committed to creating a positive impact for them and their families

Please consider helping us reach our goal making a contribution today. If you are not able to make a contribution, we ask that you make a “social donation" and pass this link on to friends and family that might be interested!

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Microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and development are all concepts that can, in theory, be taught by anyone. Of course some professors will do a better job than others, but there is no book or slide show or lecture that exists in any library or university that will prepare you for work in the developing world more acutely than an experience of working in that world. In addition to his remarkably effective approach to teaching these concepts, Professor Shaughnessy provides us with the opportunity to experience and adapt in that world that most students of development and related subjects must simply dream of.

— David Kando, International Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Class of 2013

"As this was my first trip to the Dominican Republic, my first time staying in a home-stay environment and my first true exposure to microfinance, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  What I encountered in Mata los Indios and Cruz Verde led to one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life.  I was overwhelmed by the kindness and openness of the community as well as their willingness to share their lives with us.  My home-stay family was truly amazing and helped me learn so much about both the culture and also the impact that microfinance can have in the developing world.  By visiting and working with communities that had already been exposed to microfinance, I saw how great the impact of a small loan can actually be.  I learned so much more in Cruz Verde and Mata los Indios than I ever could from a book.  By going on this trip, I was able to see firsthand how microfinance can truly empower individuals and enable them to improve their lives.  This has increased my passion and desire to implement microfinance in Mata los Indios to empower the community members to raise themselves out of their impoverished situation.  Not only do the people of Mata need and deserve microfinance, but they have the talents and abilities to improve their own lives if they are given the initial capital investment that microfinance loans would provide."

- Carolyn Mazzola, Marketing, Class of 2011

"While I’ve traveled to many developing countries before this trip, this is the first time that I was working towards a sustainable solution rather than a temporary band aid. Our time in the Dominican Republic instilled the importance of sustainability and my love for people living all around this world. I came back to Boston with a renewed passion and drive to change the world we live in and provide opportunities to those lacking them before."
- Claire Fischer, International Affairs & Social Entrepreneurship

"While I’ve traveled to many developing countries before this trip, this is the first time that I was working towards a sustainable solution rather than a temporary band aid. Our time in the Dominican Republic instilled the importance of sustainability and my love for people living all around this world. I came back to Boston with a renewed passion and drive to change the world we live in and provide opportunities to those lacking them before."

- Claire Fischer, International Affairs & Social Entrepreneurship

"Through my participation in the Social Enterprise Institute, I have gained a deep appreciation for the role business can play in empowering individuals and increasing economic stability for families. What I’m finding I’ve taken away from this particular trip is that an even greater capacity for systemic change actually resides in the overarching community structure. By living with families whose neighbors were cousins or grandparents or friends, we were able to experience intricate social networks at play and begin to understand strengths that could be leveraged with the right support and opportunity. Microfinance is exactly the sort of avenue our hardworking and intelligent friends in Cruz Verde and Mata Los Indios need and deserve to realize their full potential. "

- Jennifer Duguay, International Affairs, Class of 2012

"Our trip to the Dominican Republic showed me that despite the extreme poverty present in the world, there IS a solution that we can all contribute to — microfinance. Instead of wondering how to help them, this is a proactive way for us to help impoverished people realize opportunities and create a better life for themselves. Seeing this revolutionary method working firsthand showed me that we can truly make a difference in the lives of others."

- Roshni Mirchandani, Finance, Marketing, & Social Entrepreneurship, Class of 2011

"This trip has not only solidified but also reinvigorated my desire to ensure that social enterprise and social causes are a part of my life going forward. It gives me hope as a business student to see that private solutions like Microfinance can impact the lives of those who are often excluded from the economic systems of their countries. I genuinely look forward to applying what I have learned from this trip and previous experiences with microfinance in the future."
- Shilpi Roongta, Finance, Marketing, & Social Entrepreneurship. Class of 2012

"This trip has not only solidified but also reinvigorated my desire to ensure that social enterprise and social causes are a part of my life going forward. It gives me hope as a business student to see that private solutions like Microfinance can impact the lives of those who are often excluded from the economic systems of their countries. I genuinely look forward to applying what I have learned from this trip and previous experiences with microfinance in the future."

- Shilpi Roongta, Finance, Marketing, & Social Entrepreneurship. Class of 2012

"I will never forget the people I met in the DR and the experiences I had there. It is my greatest hope that we can help implement microfinance in these communities and provide an opportunity for economic development for the amazing people we met."

- Tim Spittle, Social Entrepreneurship, Class of 2012

"It is one thing to learn about poverty and social entrepreneurship in class and another to experience it firsthand. The trip to the DR has made it all real to me. You meet real people and see what their lives are like. The connections you make with individuals stay with you…you hope for their success and want to help them achieve a better life. I interviewed a woman in a batey about her experience with microfinance and her story touched me…I shed tears for her struggles and pain. I realized that we all want the same things in life and it is unfair how some lack the resources all because of their race or where they live."
- Joy Veeraplin, Management & Supply Chain Management, Class of 2011

"It is one thing to learn about poverty and social entrepreneurship in class and another to experience it firsthand. The trip to the DR has made it all real to me. You meet real people and see what their lives are like. The connections you make with individuals stay with you…you hope for their success and want to help them achieve a better life. I interviewed a woman in a batey about her experience with microfinance and her story touched me…I shed tears for her struggles and pain. I realized that we all want the same things in life and it is unfair how some lack the resources all because of their race or where they live."

- Joy Veeraplin, Management & Supply Chain Management, Class of 2011

This trip to the Dominican Republic was truly life changing. It gave me the opportunity to see first hand how these communities thrived and supported each other as well as how some communities have fallen behind. I vividly remember the interviews with young people our age that helped me to grasp the real significance of the work we are doing, that is to try and give these young men and women an opportunity to develop their lives and not feel as though they have no way out.

— Cameron Oliveira, International Affairs

"Having never been to the Dominican Republic before, it was all new to me.  But being able to stay with a family and become completely immersed in their lives was a privilege that does not come often.  Every night, coming home to my family gave me a unique perspective on the entire experience.  As my host family welcomed me in with open arms, so did the entire community - this allowed me to let my eyes become open to a wonderful world wherein happiness is not found through the newest smartphone or latest shoe, but rather through the smiles and warmth of friends and family."

- Jason Morris, Class of 2011, Marketing