Eleven Quinnipiac students traveled to the Dominican Republic over spring break to participate in the School of Business’ service learning Microlending Experience.
Accompanied by Professor Charles Brooks, the students explored the complex relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti and advised aspiring entrepreneurs on basic business strategy, accounting and marketing practices. Microlending is based on the idea that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty when given access to financial resources. Quinnipiac’s program combines access to small loans with assistance in business plan development.
“Masked by extravagant resorts with beautiful beaches, extreme poverty, as seen in the bateyes we worked in, is a reality for more than half the world population,” said Darek Chrzanowski, a junior accounting major. “Through Quinnipiac’s microlending program, we hope to lift these people out of poverty because we recognize that all of us are in this together.”
During the trip, the students explored Santiago and its cultural sites, visited Dajabón Market and saw Parque Nacional Del Este, one of the Caribbean’s largest marine parks. The Quinnipiac students also had an opportunity to partner with medical students from Universidad Central del Este in La Romana on a community service project.