Hi everyone! I am a student working towards my Master’s in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Before this program, I spent some time living in Haiti where I became fluent in Haitian Creole. Then I moved to Mexico, but I have to admit, I’m still working on my Spanish. I hope to return to Haiti this spring to conduct research for my thesis. I am passionate about sustainable development: meaning social and economic justice in an environmentally sustainable way. I think these goals go hand in hand, and that we need to find a way for people to live well without destroying our planet.
What do you do in your current role?
In my role as online marketing intern, I have been researching and writing stories for The Ground_Up Project blog, and sharing them on social media. I’ve also communicated with entrepreneurs and analyzed the competitive environment. In my new role as Digital Marketing Associate, my duties will expand to implementing and measuring our digital marketing strategy as well as helping entrepreneurs engage with The Ground_Up Project’s new platform.
What do you enjoy about your work?
I love to write, so it’s exciting to be able to use my writing to promote organizations that are doing such great work to protect the environment. In my research for the blog stories, I’ve also learned a lot about what’s being done to prevent climate change and what is possible for the future. It gives me hope to see so many people working hard to have a positive impact on the world.
What types of green projects and businesses can benefit from The Ground_Up Project’s new platform?
I think The Ground_Up Project platform would be most beneficial to startups and small organizations looking to expand. It’s also a great tool to build awareness and understanding of organizations that aren’t well known yet.
During the fall semester I had the opportunity to work with a great organization, Women of Gioto, in an innovation competition. They are a new, Geneva-based organization, working to improve the lives of women in the Gioto garbage slum in Kenya, while also reducing waste in the landfill and generating new sources of income. Joining The Ground_Up Project platform would help them find the knowledge and resources they need to start with a solid foundation and expand to make a larger impact.
Why is it important to focus on small-scale projects specifically?
Small-scale projects are too often overlooked and underfunded. There is so much potential in many of their innovative projects and programs that without adequate resources and funding, the world will never see how much good they are truly able to do. The Ground_Up Project is bringing attention to the valuable work being done by small green businesses around the world, and helping them find the funding they need to reach their potential and make an even greater impact.
Why do you like working with The Ground_Up Project Team?
The Ground_Up Project is unique in so many ways. It is such a diverse team for one, which makes it a lot of fun. The people really make this organization; they are all passionate, intelligent, and compassionate. I have been honored to be a part of this amazing team.
I also love working with The Ground_Up Project because I am contributing to a larger goal of protecting the environment for future generations. The platform is bringing together a global community of people who see the value in building a sustainable future, and it’s pretty cool to be a part of that.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far?
I’m still learning just how much work needs to be done to prevent climate change and protect the environment, but I’ve also learned that there is an army of innovative and dedicated people chipping in around the world, and more are joining in all the time. It seems like an impossible task, but there is a Haitian saying, “men anpil, chay pa lou” which means “many hands make the burden light.” With so many people working together, anything is possible.