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A Tale of HeroRATs by Grishma Rimal (F’19)

by tuftsigl
A Tale of HeroRATs by Grishma Rimal (F’19) Aug 27

Rats save lives. When I first heard this unusual phrase, as an intern at Ashoka, I was perplexed and curious. How? My mind lingered on this question for a while. The answer amazed me and learning about the process has led me to pen this blog so that more people can familiarize themselves with one of the most innovative social enterprises in the world.
APOPO is a non-profit organization that trains giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. Rats, due to their ability to smell explosives like TNT as well as the distinct smell of TB, are able to swiftly sniff out explosives and samples containing TB.

Aug 21

Inefficiencies in the Indian Menstrual Health Marketplace by Rashi Rathi (F’18)

by tuftsigl

I am studying the potential of technology to improve women’s healthcare as part of my Masters’ thesis at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and I am supported by the Institute for Global Leadership in this endeavor.

Aug 21

Changing the World, One Community at a Time by Grishma Rimal (F’19)

by tuftsigl

What is social entrepreneurship?

This question has resurfaced time and again during my time at Tufts University. The only consistency I have found in the answers I receive is the caveat that there is no formalized definition or response for it.

Aug 16

The Importance of Training: Community Health Work in Kenya by Olivia Ng (A’20)

by tuftsigl

As someone who comes from a technologically literate generation, sometimes it is difficult for me to imagine what it might be like to not know how to use a cell phone. These thoughts are then tempered when I remember how difficult it is for me to pick up an Android when I am so used to the touch of an iPhone.

Aug 10

Providing and Advocating for Marginalized Citizens’ Rights in Kazakhstan by Elmira Askerova (F’19)

by tuftsigl

This summer, I had a chance to work with a newly established social enterprise whose main goal is to create job opportunities for marginalized citizens – the disabled, single mothers and orphans – in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Jul 27

Empowering Those Who Deliver Hope: Community Health Work in Kenya by Olivia Ng (A’20)

by tuftsigl

“Community health workers deliver hope and health door to door, day in and day out; they are my heroes. It is our job to support them as they break that stubborn link between being poor and having poor health.”
-Josh Nesbit, CEO, Co-Founder, Medic Mobile

Jul 15

For the Children, by the Children: Improving Early Childhood Development Programs by Gauri Khanduja (F’19)

by tuftsigl

I am spending the summer in Kigali, Rwanda, interning with Search for Common Ground (Search), an international non-profit that works in conflict transformation in about 36 countries.

Jul 02

The Impact Investing Landscape in Italy by Alice Ursini (F'19)

by heatherbarry

Soon after arriving in Italy for my summer internship, a populist government came to power. Two deeply different parties, the Five Star Movement and the League, won the majority in the recent election and, defying all expectations, formed a coalition to rule the country.

Jun 22

Understanding First-Hand How Everyday People Use Innovative Ideas and Techniques To Tackle the Issues of our Times by Grishma Rimal (F'19)

by tuftsigl

It takes approximately 140 seconds to get from the bottom to the top of the escalators at the Rosslyn Metro Station. Every morning, I take those escalators on my way to work.

Mar 13

IGL Student speaks on her research and experiences in Ghana by Jhanel Chew

by tuftsigl

When I left the United States, it was 27 degrees outside. There were piles of snow everywhere and I was freezing in my big winter coat and snow boots. By the time I finally got off the plane, the sun had set and the temperature in Ghana had cooled significantly to a low 80 degrees.

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