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Five professors from the Wehle School of Business have been engaged in efforts to assist local refugee communities with establishing micro-businesses.  At present, Patricia Hutton, PhD is working closely with the Bhutanese-Nepali community to establish a small super market type store.  The women of the community want to participate in their own micro-business and have requested sewing lessons.

Volunteers are needed to teach these local women how to sew.  Days and times are very flexible.  This is a wonderful endeavor and the Bhutanese women are eager to learn so that they can sell their goods, pooling them together to create a business.  Other Canisius business professors involved include Ron Rivas, PhD; Ji-Hee Kim, PhD; Coral Snodgrass, PhD and Patricia Johnson.

Donations of sewing machines that work, and have a manual, are also welcome.  Please contact Dr. Hutton at or Ext. 2673.  Please cc: Sr. Patricia Brady, SSMN, director, Office for Community-Based Learning, when contacting Hutton by Email.

Submitted by:  Sr. Patricia Brady, SSMN, director, community-based learning