So far I have been sharing the fun and adventurous part of the Engineers without Borders (EWB) Fellowship in my written and video blogs. For my final blog post I wanted to focus on the actual work I have been performing in Zambia, since it has taken up 80% of my time here and since I am sure you all would like to know WHAT I actually came over here to do.
The great (and somewhat nerve-wracking) thing about a professional fellowship is that the startup environment of most of EWB’s social enterprises allows for an introduction into fields, projects, software applications, etc. that most of us have never been exposed to before. For example, movement outside of your ‘professional comfort zone.’ One of the long-term fellows (Yue Ma), also working at Rent to Own, and I have come up with the term “Professional Development Bootcamp” to define this process, which should hopefully give you an idea of the level of challenge and growth I was fortunate enough to experience.
Rent to Own is at a pivotal place in terms of its growth. They have been successful in setting up and operating ten offices across Zambia. They have secured serious investors and established professional relationships with organizations across the globe. They have an attractive model that is nearing the place of scalability and the horizon looks bright.