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Following are stories of hope—of people who make a difference, who seek a solution, who are not intimidated by the size of the challenge they face. They show us compassion, ingenuity, passion and enterprising endeavors. Many of these stories also illustrate the important role of business and market mechanisms for achieving results which benefit the wider human community.

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DAVID GAUS, '84

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF ANDEAN HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT

Delivering health care in rural Latin America 

When David Gaus was finishing up his accountancy degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1984, he realized he didn’t want to be an accountant. He wanted to do something else. MORE 

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Elizabeth Scharpf, '99

Founder, President and CEO of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

Alum Planting Entrepreneurial Roots 

“Scharpf's Sustainable Health Enterprises seeks to not only improve the health and lifestyles of women in Rwandan villages, but also to provide the means to lift them from poverty.” MORE 

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Eric Litton, MBA '09

President of the Net Impact chapter at Notre Dame

War Zone Entrepreneurs 

“If I would have said seven years ago . . . that MBA students in the US would be helping businessmen in Afghanistan and Iraq start new businesses, no one would have believed it.” MORE 

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XAVIER HELGESON ’01

CIO & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, Better World Books

20-Something Booksellers are Making Commerce and Literacy Stack Up 

Young alumni have introduced an innovative business model that turns donated textbooks into dollars to promote literacy worldwide. MORE 

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Faust Capobianco IV ’94

President, Majestic Athletic Wear Limited

Majestic Sweeps the Series 

Whenever a big-name baseball player signs with a major league team, the image that makes the front page of the sports section and the top of the evening news is always the same. MORE 

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Pablo Nava '08

Founder, PFNC Global Communities

Container + Dreams = Home 

In 2007, Pablo Nava (’08) and his cousin Brian McCarthy entered and won the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Social Venture Business Plan Competition with their blueprint for PFNC Global Communities. MORE 

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Professor Ken Milani

Notre Dame Tax Assistance Program

A Tax Parable 

Thirty-five years ago, Ken Milani didn’t know that $8 would change his life. But it did. Less than a week after arriving on campus in 1972 to begin a new teaching job at Notre Dame, MORE