Westminster Students Tackle World Poverty 

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Two Westminster students, Fernando Soto and Raisa Ramalho, left the college earlier this semester for a good cause – to study at the London School of Economics.  They’re already making an impact.  Fernando Soto recently attended a ceremony during which the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, was awarded with an honorary degree.   Yunus is world famous for his development of micro-loan initiatives that have a proven record of alleviating poverty in developing regions.  Learn more about Yunus's work here.

After the ceremony, Soto and Yunus discussed the idea of implementing Social Business and Micro Credit in higher education around the world as a way to tackle world poverty.  Soto is already desigining such a class at the London School of Economics, and he would love to implement a similar idea at Westminster. 

A vision of a world without poverty is an admirable endeavor and well-aligned with Westminster’s 2011-2012 service commitment of Hunger & Poverty.  Soto is pictured below with Yunus after the honorary degree ceremony.

Soto and Yunus