Below is an example of a creative project:
Innovation Project with the Francisco Marroquin University Students.
During the last trimester of 2014 a group of talented graduate students worked closely with our micro-entrepreneur clients. The main goal was to identify opportunities to innovate for Namaste clients by conducting exploratory research and using their innovation expertise. Namaste Board Member Alvaro Figueredo led this group of students. Alvaro is an innovation management lecturer at UFM and part of his teaching methodology includes collaboration with industry and social enterprises. Namaste was the ideal case for “Innovation at the Bottom of the Pyramid”
Here are some of the student’s comments about their experience:
First of all I would like to thank Bob for creating Namaste Foundation. It is nice to know that there still are good people on earth that are available to help others in need. I have to be honest; I had not heard of the Namaste Foundation. I had made other choices for my class project and when I was assigned to Namaste Foundation, I did not know what to expect. During the process I learned some things and saw realities I did not know about. I learned how to approach and talk to people. Another lesson was that people appreciate help even when they have nothing or very little to give in return for our help (ice cream and lotion in my case). I do not have much patience but working with Doña Marta and Doña Angélica I learned to be more patient. I also learned to listen, not hear, because when we listen we get vital information and we can start helping to solve the real problems. We had some problems but at the end they were not problems, instead they became life lessons. My final lesson and the most important one is that I helped make a positive difference in their lives. I learned about empathy and to put my heart in a project because this was not a project about making more money or reducing cost it was more about changing a person´s life and helping them to grow to overcome their economic problems. I would like to thank you again because I find what you are doing to be a miracle.
Undoubtedly I can describe this project as one of the best in my career. I think there is nothing more satisfying than knowing who we are and that we can be useful to someone else – definitely, that is priceless. I think the best way to finish my project is to share with those who really need us. I had the opportunity to work with Doña Sheny selling güipiles in Antigua and San Antonio. We worked with Doña Sheny for three months, which allowed us to know her not only professionally but also personally. I think one of my greatest achievements is to have struck up a friendship with her and we still communicate by phone, she calls me and vice versa. I finished the project with a commitment in my heart to continue helping women like Doña Sheny who have that spark of entrepreneurship in theirs heart but do not have the resources. Namaste, Thanks for this opportunity!
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