Summer 2012

Project Background

Many communities in the Dominican Republic lack access to clean water, reliable electricity, and treatment for vision issues. To address these challenges, nine GESI students interned with Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) serving as community consultants. These students learned to utilize SEC’s MicroConsignment Model, which trains local entrepreneurs to provide low-income communities with access to products such as reading glasses, solar stoves, and water filters to improve wellbeing. The students developed lesson plans, led capacity-building workshops, and helped launch sales campaigns in order for Dominican entrepreneurs to reach local markets with products and technologies that improve community members’ quality-of-life.