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Business Brigades @

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Boyoung Kim
MESSAGE
Matt Ciez
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CHAPTER STATS

$249,980

FUNDRAISED

13

BRIGADES

180

VOLUNTEERS

79

CHAPTER MEMBERS

RESOURCES

SPONSORS

Business Brigades at Penn State is a chapter of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The Penn State chapter systematically works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of nine skill-based programs that benefit more than 130,000 Honduran and Panamanian community members annually. Global Business Brigades (GBB) provides business consulting and strategic investment to support under resourced microenterprises in developing countries while respecting local culture and improving the environment. GBB focus is in remote and rural communities in Panama where we partner with other local development organizations to assess, implement and monitor sustainable development projects.
RECENT OR UPCOMING BRIGADES
Pennsylvania State University Business Brigade March 2017 Honduras
Mar 05, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017

Global Brigades offers 7-day Business Brigades throughout the year in Honduras and Panama. Business Brigades volunteers empowers rural communities in Panama without access to financial services and business guidance by providing micro-enterprise counseling, financial planning assistance and strategic investment. During the brigade, volunteers divide into small groups to conduct client visits in which they get to know the client and assess each client’s level of financial competency, entrepreneurial aspirations, and/or business knowledge. Volunteers then provide educational and capacity building assistance in the form of workshops. Topics range from personal finance to basic accounting and business planning.
$18,190
of $18,260
100%
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2
volunteers needed

Annual Chapter Contribution
Jan 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017

Fundraise with your Global Business Brigades chapter on campus to meet the minimum $1,500 USD annual chapter contribution. The annual chapter contribution directly supports the Community Investment Fund, which enables year-round economic development in partner communities carried out by our local teams. The Community Investment Fund is a critical component to GB’s Sustainable Transition Plan. Once a partner community has met specific health and economic development goals and brigades are no longer necessary, GB transitions projects fully to the community and offers follow-up with our local staff. The more you fundraise, the more impact we make together!
$0
of $0
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Penn State University Business Brigade Honduras May 2016
May 10, 2016 - May 16, 2016

Global Brigades offers 7-day Business Brigades throughout the year in Honduras and Panama. Business Brigades volunteers empowers rural communities in Panama without access to financial services and business guidance by providing micro-enterprise counseling, financial planning assistance and strategic investment. During the brigade, volunteers divide into small groups to conduct client visits in which they get to know the client and assess each client’s level of financial competency, entrepreneurial aspirations, and/or business knowledge. Volunteers then provide educational and capacity building assistance in the form of workshops. Topics range from personal finance to basic accounting and business planning.
$250
of $1,580
16%
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4
volunteers needed

Penn State University Business Brigade Honduras March 2016
Mar 05, 2016 - Mar 11, 2016

Global Brigades offers 7-day Business Brigades throughout the year in Honduras and Panama. Business Brigades volunteers empowers rural communities in Panama without access to financial services and business guidance by providing micro-enterprise counseling, financial planning assistance and strategic investment. During the brigade, volunteers divide into small groups to conduct client visits in which they get to know the client and assess each client’s level of financial competency, entrepreneurial aspirations, and/or business knowledge. Volunteers then provide educational and capacity building assistance in the form of workshops. Topics range from personal finance to basic accounting and business planning.
$20,290
of $21,870
93%
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0
volunteers needed

Annual Chapter Contribution
Jan 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

$1,386
of $0
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Penn State Business Brigade to Panama March 2015
Mar 08, 2015 - Mar 14, 2015

Global Brigades offers 7-day Business Brigades throughout the year in Honduras and Panama. Business Brigades volunteers empowers rural communities in Panama without access to financial services and business guidance by providing micro-enterprise counseling, financial planning assistance and strategic investment. During the brigade, volunteers divide into small groups to conduct client visits in which they get to know the client and assess each client’s level of financial competency, entrepreneurial aspirations, and/or business knowledge. Volunteers then provide educational and capacity building assistance in the form of workshops. Topics range from personal finance to basic accounting and business planning.
$26,895
of $26,680
100%
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0
volunteers needed

Penn State Business/MF Brigade to Ghana May 2014
May 14, 2014 - May 23, 2014

Microfinance Brigades volunteers work with a local network of “Community Development Funds” to empower rural communities by establishing savings and credit cooperatives and teaching community members basic financial literacy. Volunteers provide rural communities with the educational, financial, and organizational resources necessary to sustainably drive their own economic development. By partnering with the in-country Global Brigades team, Microfinance Brigades provides the financial backing and technical support to create and strengthen independent Community Development Funds. As mechanisms for social and economic change, these funds are then empowered to perpetuate other community projects facilitated by Global Brigades. A 10-Day Microfinance Brigade provides volunteers with the opportunity to gain first-hand micro-lending experience and perpetuate the movement to alleviate poverty worldwide. Volunteers participate in real micro-lending transactions and also engage in the daily lives of the actual borrowers. Volunteers learn about microfinance by participating in seminars from local professionals, and by shadowing loan officers as they visit micro-entrepreneurs in their communities. Volunteers empower community members to reach their potential with basic educational workshops and a capital investment that the volunteer personally delivers. Each volunteer is allotted part of their program contribution to work with community micro entrepreneurs and banks to determine how to allocate their loan. In this way, volunteers are able to directly empower local community members to achieve their financial goals.
$26,874
of $27,681
97%
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2
volunteers needed

Penn State Business Brigade to Panama March 2014
Mar 09, 2014 - Mar 15, 2014

Penn State 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!
$20,567
of $22,100
93%
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0
volunteers needed

Penn State Microfinance Brigade Ghana May 2013
May 08, 2013 - May 18, 2013

Fundraise with your Global Business Brigades chapter on campus to meet the minimum $1,500 USD annual chapter contribution. The annual chapter contribution directly supports the Community Investment Fund, which enables year-round economic development in partner communities carried out by our local teams. The Community Investment Fund is a critical component to GB’s Sustainable Transition Plan. Once a partner community has met specific health and economic development goals and brigades are no longer necessary, GB transitions projects fully to the community and offers follow-up with our local staff. The more you fundraise, the more impact we make together! BUSINESS Suggested donation amount: $25 On average, $25 provides a micro-loan to increase one family’s income potential.
$21,064
of $23,380
90%
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0
volunteers needed

2013 Penn State Business Brigade to Panama
Mar 03, 2013 - Mar 09, 2013

Penn State 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!
$63,222
of $67,096
94%
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0
volunteers needed

March 2012 Penn State Business Brigade
Mar 03, 2012 - Mar 10, 2012

Over spring break, we will be heading down to Panama to offer microenterprises consulting in a sustainable way.
$27,663
of $0
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8
volunteers needed

December 2011 PSU Microfinance Brigade to Ghana
Dec 27, 2011 - Jan 05, 2012

Fundraise with your Global Business Brigades chapter on campus to meet the minimum $1,500 USD annual chapter contribution. The annual chapter contribution directly supports the Community Investment Fund, which enables year-round economic development in partner communities carried out by our local teams. The Community Investment Fund is a critical component to GB’s Sustainable Transition Plan. Once a partner community has met specific health and economic development goals and brigades are no longer necessary, GB transitions projects fully to the community and offers follow-up with our local staff. The more you fundraise, the more impact we make together! BUSINESS Suggested donation amount: $25 On average, $25 provides a micro-loan to increase one family’s income potential.
$259
of $6,160
4%
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8
volunteers needed

March 2011 Penn State Business Brigade
Mar 08, 2011 - Mar 15, 2011

Business Brigade volunteers provide business consulting and investment support to under resourced micro-enterprises in Panama. The brigade volunteers conduct assessments, leverage consulting methodologies to address problems of the business, and teach workshops to the business owners. The brigade also collectively determines how to invest their “capital investment fund,” which is a monetary donation made to the business to improve its fiscal sustainability.
$22,497
of $4,052
100%
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4
volunteers needed

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