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TX A&M Business Brigade Panama August 2014
$6,250 of $0
100% of goal
114 Days to Go
15 volunteers needed
100% of goal

Start Date: Aug 16, 2014 12:00 AM
End Date: Aug 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Volunteer Activity Description:
Texas A&M volunteers will spend 7 days in a rural community in Panama to help provide solutions to the community’s economic needs. The target beneficiaries have been previously excluded from formal financial institutions & therefore lacked access to savings and credit opportunities. Beneficiaries tend to have a low level of income, lack of collateral, & low level of education. During the brigade, volunteers divide into small groups to conduct household visits in which they get to know the family, assess each household’s level of financial competency and entrepreneurial aspirations. After the assessments the volunteers provide educational and technical assistance in the form of workshops. Topics range from personal finance to basic accounting and business planning. Additionally, volunteers invest in the community savings and loan (S&L) cooperative by providing seed capital. In turn, the seed capital provides loans to a small business to either expand current operations or pursue a new entrepreneurial opportunity. Working side-by-side with community members affords volunteers the opportunity for cultural exchange, micro-finance, and consulting experience. The households benefit by learning personal financial and business skills and gain access to credit and savings opportunities. Community businesses benefit from the consulting and loans. The community benefits because the profits earned by the S&L stay in the community to be used by the community!

Volunteers (26) View All
Alejandra Motta
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Alicia Luna
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Allison Freiwald
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Anthony Guzman
Helping others. Youth Ministry. Spreading Hope. Fighting Poverty. Faith and Love. Selfless service.
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Ciara Johnson
$1,650
Goal
$0
Raised
Clay Martin
Sports and Traveling
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Cristina Grajales
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Crystal Munoz
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Erika Arce
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Estefani Ruiz
Empowering others
$1,650
Goal
$0
Raised
Georgia Licona
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Helen Rieger
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Hope Miller
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
J'Lynn Vacek
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Jonna Bergeson
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Kimberly Reiff
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Lauren Martinez
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Melissa Suzanne Moya
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Nancy Carlos
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Omar Lara
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Ruben Rodriguez
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Shivam Vakil
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Sterling Woerner
Traveling the world, making a difference, and meeting as many people as possible.
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Vanessa Valenzuela
$1,650
Goal
$0
Raised
Veronica Bahena
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
Wes Kruse
$1,650
Goal
$250
Raised
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 Anthony Guzman donated $250 12 days ago
 Guest User donated $250 12 days ago
 Guest User donated $250 12 days ago