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Matt Austin will be working as a fellow in Lima, Peru with Ciudad Saludable, a social enterprise transforming solid waste and environmental practices in Latin America. He needs your support funding the costs of the fellowship for him and his family.

Two years ago, I took a leap of faith and left a successful, seven-year career as a private equity and corporate attorney behind to put my experience and skills to work supporting the development of small and medium enterprises in developing countries. After graduating from the Thunderbird School of Global Management this past May, I have been searching long and hard for the best opportunity to begin generating the impact that I desire to make. Finally, that chance has arrived.

I have accepted a year-long fellowship working with Ciudad Saludable, an award-winning social enterprise based in Lima, Peru that is transforming solid waste management and environmental practices in Latin America. Check out the video posted on the "Videos" tab above to learn more about the great work that Ciudad Saludable is doing. The only challenge is that I need to raise approximately $10,000 in funding to support my participation in this fellowship. Without the generosity of friends and family (and maybe even some friends I haven’t met yet), this unique chance to make a significant positive impact on those living at the bottom of the economic pyramid while developing into a leader at the intersection of business and international development will not be possible.

Your support will make a substantial impact on multiple levels (in order of number of people affected):

1) Me: An incredible opportunity to gain valuable on the ground experience and skills necessary to grow into a leader in the social impact space for years to come.

2) My family: Will provide my kids with a global mindset and cultural awareness that will enrich the remainder of their lives. Just think of the ripple effects!

3) Ciudad Saludable: The broad experience, business training and skills I will bring will make this organization stronger and more effective and deepen its impact and sustainability in the long term.

4) The people at the base of the economic pyramid served by Ciudad Saludable: By strengthening the Ciudad Saludable organization, it will be able to better serve its beneficiaries and improve the lives of even more than the 6 million it is presently impacting.

5) The social impact organization(s) I will lead going forward: This fellowship experience will equip me to be a leader in the social enterprise and social venture capital space in the future. The skills and knowledge I develop during this year will benefit the lives of thousands (and maybe millions) of people in the future.

Thank you for your assistance in helping to make this wonderful opportunity possible.

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