TEDxFIU: Defeating poverty with entrepreneurship

The journey to changing the world began with handing out water bottles to earthquake survivors in Haiti. That’s when, in January of 2010, American volunteer Julie Colombino ’03 initially heard an unexpected refrain, mostly from local women: “Need a job.”

The FIU alumna is the founder and CEO of REBUILD globally, a nonprofit organization that fights poverty in Haiti through education, job training and business development. A champion for impact-oriented models promoting social change, she expanded REBUILD globally to incubate its for-profit partner, Deux Mains, a Haitian-owned and operated ethical fashion company.

In the video above, listen to the inspiring story she shared at the 2016 TEDxFIU event.

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