- Project Nicaragua was founded in 2006 by four graduate business students: Christopher Burch, Megan Glaser, Ben King and Chris Yuko
- The project is driven by a leadership team comprised of current MBA students. Over 2,000 hours are invested by graduate business students and faculty in the project each academic year
- Project Nicaragua has won awards and received recognition from regional and national media, the GMAC board of business schools, and the U.S. government
In the Fall of 2006, several graduate business students came together with the common goal of making a difference. One of the student’s friends, U.S. citizen Mike Deibert, had recently founded the Missionary Ventures International (MVI) Vocational School just outside Managua, Nicaragua. The MVI School, teaches students forging and metalwork skills. However, in the area’s stagnant economy, most of their skills couldn’t be put to full use.
What is the purpose of Project Nicaragua?
The goal of Project Nicaragua is for students to use the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to advance the understanding and abilities of small business owners in the global community.
If you are interested in contributing your time, energy or ideas to the Nicaragua project, please send and email to Amy Wallis, Director of Global Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.