Designing new business models for Mexican migrant workers

Author: Michael Sweikar

The new Institute for Global Development (NDIGD) at the University of Notre Dame—in collaboration with the Gigot Ceproject_page_commerce_business_models_1_nter for Entrepreneurial Studies and Law School faculty worked  with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to develop a business model for documented migrant agricultural workers. Notre Dame assisted in conducting a market assessment of the short-to-medium term demand by U.S. employers for H-2A agricultural guest workers, in several geographic areas. They developed a business plan to scale up organizational service, build capacity in personnel, technical skills training, organizational structure, and financial forecasts. In addition, Notre Dame is conducting an assessment of a franchising plan to replicate the business model in other  Mexican states. The new business model will help provide workers with many needed services, including: training, placement services with screened employers, worker rights training, support centers for separated families, family reunification, financial literacy, safe travel arrangements, and worksite follow-up to enhance human dignity. The project was funded by CRS through the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.