Following its mission to be an agent of social transformation, the Universidad de Santa Isabel in the Phillipines has many initiatives for poverty reduction. The USI Saint Louise de Marillac Alternative College has a Social Entrepreneurship degree that teaches business and entrepreneurial skills along with social responsibility and Vincentian values. Tuition is based on a sliding scale, and the program also helps graduates establish their businesses. USI has a savings program for personnel and students. It also pays interest and makes loans, including loans for housing that have helped many people out of homelessness after natural disasters. Scholarships are also offered through the university. Among many others, there are projects that provide education in citizenship and social advocacy, help communities start their own businesses, and encourage different university departments and sectors to unite in community extension activities.
Evidente, Maria Asuncion G. D.C.; Abrigo, Nenette L. Ph.D.; and Reyes, Virginia C. Ph.D.
"Poverty Reduction Initiatives at the Universidad de Santa Isabel: Vincentian Seeds of Hope,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 28
, Article 9.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol28/iss2/9