This past year, Keren Wheeler, an Advisory Board member of UA’s STEM Path to the MBA, introduced us to Mike and Robin Gordon. Mike, Robin, their son Ty, and others operate the non-profit Shining Light International, whose mission it is to “promote, support and implement; education, training and development projects among oppressed, marginalized communities in developing countries.” A great example of applying business and technology principles to help people lift themselves out of poverty!
A group of STEM Path to the MBA students, led by seniors Ruth Bishop and Logan Holley, are working with Shining Light on one of their projects, LifeStitch Manufacturing. LifeStitch provides women in rural Pakistan a manufacturing facility where they can learn sewing skills, create apparel and accessories and work with LifeStitch to sell their creations and supplement their families’ incomes. The UA students’ goal is to assist LifeStitch by helping make improvements to their business model and processes.
In the coming year, the UA students hope to partner with a university in Pakistan to do even more for the people Shining Light serves in rural Pakistan. Stay tuned!