Listen to returned Peace Corps volunteers as they describe their new lives as social entrepreneurs. This series of weekly interviews, produced by Patrick O’Heffernan for Social Edge with the help of the National Peace Corps Association, is available here and on iTunes.
David Schweidenback – Ecuador
David Schweidenback, Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador (1977-80), started the “for-profit non-profit” Pedals for Progress to create economic growth in the developing world. He has now given 100,000 bicycles to people in rural areas of Latin America, Africa, and Central Europe.
Jerr Boschee – India
Jerr Boschee, Peace Corps volunteer in India (1968-70), has been an adviser to social entrepreneurs worldwide for 25 years. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurs and chairman and CEO of Peace Corps Encore!
Loren Finnell – Ecuador
Loren Finnell, Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador (1964-66), is the founder and President of The Resource Foundation, an organization that channels millions of dollars to indigenous grassroots organizations in Latin America thanks to a pioneering model for successful partnerships with corporate donors.
Pat Christen – Kenya
Pat Christen, Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya (1982-1985), is the President of HopeLab in Palo Alto, California, a non-profit corporation dedicated to creating and rigorously testing innovative solutions to help young people with chronic illness.
Ralph Bolton – Peru
Ralph Bolton, Peace Corps volunteer in Peru (1963-65), is the founder and director of the Chijnaya Foundation, named after the village where the foundation works. He is also a Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College in California. He lives in Santa Fe (New Mexico) when he is not teaching.
Molly Melching – Senegal
Molly Melching, Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal (1974-76), is the founder and director of Tostan, an NGO that empowers African communities to take charge of their own development through literacy and management skills. Speaking from her office outside of Dakar, Molly discusses the learning and patience required to work for long term social change.