Testimony by Ryan Barnes from Texas Lutheran University (TLU) Social Entrepreneurship Program 2016 Course
“After listening to guest speakers Joey and his brother Jimmy from VOS, I like how they have used their personal backgrounds as a reasoning for the goal. I like how they use the money they receive from the shoes they make to fund the health and education for rural areas around the world because their main centers of operations come from both the United States and Guatemala, they have formed a bond of unity between these two vastly different countries.
One thing that really stuck out to me was the name “vos” which is Spanish for “you.” This has many meanings and when looked at it broadly, it is asking the question of what can you do? Their purpose for you is that “WE DON’T WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE, WE WANT YOUR LIFESTYLE TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD,” which has profound meaning to each person when they really take the time to understand it.
Other areas that I liked from the talk are the fact that they use only natural rubber from trees in Guatemala, so they live up to the ideals of being eco-friendly, and the fact that they view their employees as people, not as numbers on a piece of paper.“
About the TLU Social Entrepreneurship Program
TLU’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship is part of their business school but also partners with their math, history, theology and communications departments to create specialized areas of concentration in Nonprofit Leadership, Arts for Social Change, Mental Health Community Interventions, and Faith, Culture & Diversity. The degree is interdisciplinary and prepares students for a career in the nonprofit or for-profit social venture arenas. Click here for more information.
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