Greg Brav On March 8, MBA students from the Kelley School of Business flew to Peru, where they have been working with five small, local businesses.
The two-week-long trip is part of a program developed by a group of second-year MBA students called the Global Business and Social Enterprise initiative. The program provides international business experience for 20 students as well as guidance and direction for the small businesses for which they’ll be consulting.
Monica Oliva, a second-year MBA student studying marketing and management, helped found the GLOBASE initiative and is a native of Peru. Oliva said she was excited to go home and help the emerging economy. Oliva sees the program as a positive learning experience for both students and the small business owners.
“Not only are we going to put our skills to the test, but also help the businesses that we’re working with,” Oliva said.
A group of students flew to El Salvador a year ago and found that there was interest from small businesses to work with the Kelley students. They changed their destination to Peru after national elections in El Salvador prohibited them from going back.
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