note: Grad students Doug Brown, Fabio
Matsui, Joost Krikhaar, and Brent Mitchell will be filing
regular dispatches from Atlixco, Mexico this summer. We'll
publish their reports online here. This is their first report.
are four Berkeley business school (Haas) students living
in a Mexican orphanage and working in a goat cheese and
soap factory this summer? Is this the new career path for
business school students in the post-dot-com era?
we are part of Haas's
International Business Development (IBD) program that sends student consulting teams to assist
companies in foreign countries. Our team is working for
IPODERAC (Puebla Institute of Rehabilitation), an organization
in Atlixco, Mexico that provides shelter, education, and
professional training to 72 Mexican boys.
also manufactures and sells Villa Nolasco goat cheese and
soap, covering most of the orphanage's expenses. Our team
is already underway in positioning IPODERAC to profitably
expand its business in Mexico. Most importantly, we are
having fun eating pozole (Mexican stew) with the "Chavos"
(boys) and Joost has enjoyed singing with them and we look
forward to rooting for Mexico in the Copa del Mundo (World
IPODERAC (as known in Atlixco):
Doug "Dooglas" Brown
Joost "Rhymes with Most" Krikhaar
Fabio "Brazilian Model" Matsui
Brent "Bran - Brandon from 90210 without the