Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This is Emzingo

Emzingo- the Swahili word for circle or community.

Joining Emzingo means joining a global community of students, professionals, organizations, and social enterprises from all across the world. Fellows in the Peru 2015 cohort, come from Japan, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Canada, Belgium, the United States, and Peru. However, these Fellows also bring a wealth of other cultural customs with them having spent time working and learning in many other countries. This is just a little taste of the diversity of Emzingo Fellows. Others in the Emingo circle consist of businesses, NGOs, government entities, universities, and people from all over the world. Emzingo is a global community.

Some communities are formed by geographical location, others by shared interests, passions, or topics. While the Fellows and the Emzingo leaders and partners come from different walks of life and very different parts of the world, one thread ties us together- our desire to serve in meaningful ways. Emzingo community members work towards solving global issues and dreaming up ways of preserving natural resources, conserving ancestral traditions (art, music, dance, folklore, agriculture, crafts, etc), opening up financing to marginalized populations to break cyclical poverty, empowering isolated communities, developing future generations of responsible leaders, and making these endeavors socially and financially sustainable. And now… Emzingo is a Certified B-Corporation! It is a community in which UNM, IBSG, and I are proud to be a part of.

Audriana Stark
Emzingo Peru 2015 Fellow

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