Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

Mzwakithi Mthokozisi Shongwe ’16

prestigeMzwakithi Mthokozisi Shongwe (Mzwa) ’16
International Politics and Economics

MzwaI spent the first 18 years of his life in Swaziland. He moved to the US in 2010 to pursue his International Baccalaureate diploma at UWC USA. During his UWC tenure, he co-founded a social enterprise called Platforms for Hope. They produced and sold portable desks at $6 per unit as a more affordable alternative to other desks that poor schools had to buy.

After UWC, he was awarded a four-year Davis UWC Scholarship to attend Middlebury College. Since being here, he has been involved with Community Engagement in creating a mentoring & positive masculinity program called Brother-to-Brother, as well as organizing a 12-person service trip to Haiti in 2014. Lately, he has been balancing his time away from academics in an African-themed music group as well as covering the start-up & small business scene in Middlebury and the rest of Vermont for the Middlebury Campus.

In November 2013, Mzwa was selected as one of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Fellows for the years 2013 – 2016. In working with the CSE, Mzwa hopes to learn more about different models of financial sustainability, and incorporating lessons learnt from these experiences in making his organization, Platforms for Hope, more financially-independent and sound.

Mzwa spent his 2015 summer working with Clean Fund (CF) in Sausalito, CA. Clean Fund’s mission is to finance energy upgrades and clean energy installations within the commercial real estate industry in the US.

See Mzwa’s Summer 2015 Fellowship Report here.

Additionally, click here to see Mzwa’s Summer 2014 Fellowship Report.


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