Student Testimonials

“My team worked with two clients, both previously disadvantaged women entrepreneurs. One client owned a hair salon and the other owned a health store. These clients were very talented and hard-working, but they lacked the resources and business skills to grow and sustain their business. Working with the clients, we were able to implement significant improvements in the business, including a simple bookkeeping system, improved store layout, pricing, and inventory management systems and marketing materials. I now see entrepreneurship in developing countries as a key means of poverty reduction and empowerment.”

Lawren Sinnema, Syracuse University

“In six weeks I learned so much, both personally and professionally. I was faced with a new challenge each day. I underestimated the impact this program would have on me and my goals. Thank you for this opportunity to work alongside such passionate people and to be able to do such meaningful work.”

Fernanda Barboza, University of Florida

“EESA is the most unique, amazing, frustrating, nerve-wracking, and empowering experience I have had. The name truly says it all—Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa—but you don’t know what that means until you’ve completed the program. You arrive excited and confident, only to realize that you have no idea what you’re doing. But that’s OK; you have an amazing group of professors to teach and guide you; to show you that you know more and can do more than you ever thought possible. You can help these entrepreneurs and you will become an entrepreneur too.”

Chana Kreuter, University of Florida

“Seeing the smiles on our clients’ faces is something that I will always remember. To know that in just six short weeks, four young adults could make such an impact is amazing. The experience of achieving somewhat seemed impossible has given me confidence.”

Jarrod Schilling, University of Florida

“I feel like I had a positive impact on the lives and businesses of my clients, and I can honestly say that my clients impacted my life as well. I was pressured to simplify everything I’ve learned in textbooks and place it in a practical context. I was forced to work more closely with peers than I ever have before. With a more results-oriented focus, I gained confidence in my ability to adapt to different businesses, cultural and social settings. I learned a lot about entrepreneurship and consulting, but more importantly, I developed a new perspective on and sensitivity toward the world around me.”

Alison Bussett, Santa Clara University