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West Virginia University's newest student organization focused on international development and aid.

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working with community busineses

bri·gade (n): a group of individuals organized for a particular purpose.

Global Brigades is an international non-profit that uses its unique Holistic Model to help communities meet their healthcare and economic goals. 

How does business fit in? 

Business Brigades works with rural communities to create a sustainable and accessible banking system that is owned by the community. Community members can create checking accounts, savings accounts, and even take out small loans from the banks. 

Loans can be used to invest in small businesses, as a down-payment on home improvements (such as a sanitation station), for education, or anything else community members want. Loans from community banks carry a much lower interest rate than loans from traditional banks, and all the money stays in the community, making it readily available for other members of the community!

Business Brigades empowers rural communities and changes lives, all with the help of university volunteers.

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"10 days with Global Brigades will resonate in your mind for years to come." - Daniel Berrebi, WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades Fundraising Chair


Holistic Model

Holistic Model

The Holistic Model is the guiding principle behind all of Global Brigades' programs. 

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Business Brigades Impact

Global Business Brigades Impact

$102,579,641 raised, 239 partner communities, and 11 Empowered Communities. How has Business Brigades impacted communities?

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