SOUTHWEST SCHOOL - LA ESPERANZA, HONDURAS
Traditionally, development has focused on the relief of what economists call “external constraints”: people need fresh water, so we build a well; they need schooling, so we build schools; they need credit, so we provide microfinance. But the “internal constraints” of the poor are perhaps even more important: helping the poor, especially children, to expand their view of their own capabilities, to develop goals, new reference points, and aspirations. It may be that when a belief in self-efficacy and aspirations have taken root, the poor learn to develop ways to deal with the external constraints on their own, and these other issues begin to take care of themselves.
–Bruce Wydick, University of San Francisco
Southwest School partnered with Collective Futures to create opportunities for talented,
low-income students – those who would typically not be able to attend university – to not let "external constraints" limit their dreams and to access world-class education. The fund supports gifted young adults, and in the process, creates a series of benefits for the students themselves, Southwest School, and Honduran society in general. Students are able to improve the future outlook for their lives through a university education. Southwest School is benefiting
by attracting some of the country’s brightest young minds, in the process raising academic standards for everyone. The investment is particularly important because selected students have chosen to be a part of a program that reinvests their income in their community. As a result, graduates of Collective Futures will provide a stream of talented, motivated leaders who return to their hometowns with the training and motivation to improve standards in their communities.