In 2008, Babson College made its first Global Village trip to El Salvador and has been going back at least once a year since then. We have visited the sites where we worked in the past and over the years have seen what a difference one group of people can make.
In March and June of this year, our two teams worked on houses in Getsemaní. We met four seamstresses who are working together to launch a small business and another group of bakers who are doing the same. These amazing women have inspired us to join as a partner in the Strengthening the Getsemaní Community Project. As a business school, we thought we would take our expertise and work on a microentrepreneurship project within the community. Babson hopes to develop these women’s entrepreneurial skills by teaching them basic business tools that will facilitate their growth and success. We have gathered our resources to help the women with the start-up costs necessary to launch their businesses. Most importantly, our vision is to not only provide them with financial assistance, but also to teach them how to manage their resources and finances efficiently.
Although this project is still in the works, we have already seen the successful outcomes of what lending a helping hand can do. The women are inspired, motivated and ambitious. All of us at Babson College are excited for the possibilities of this new venture.