Alumnus Brings Sustainable Nutrition to Guatemala

Ben Payne with Guatemalan children

Some of the most life-changing moments in a college student’s education can occur during experiences outside the walls of a classroom. At Gardner-Webb University, our students explore the world through field research, internships, study abroad, and community and global service.

Ben Payne '14 helped provide sustainable nutrition to the residents of one of central Guatemala’s impoverished villages. The country has one of the world’s highest rates of chronic malnutrition.

Already feeling a lifelong calling to help people through mission work, Payne equipped himself with additional business skills at Gardner-Webb to prepare to act on his desire to serve, providing long-term, positive impact on the lives of others. Payne's humanitarian project helped form a business plan that builds houses to supply chickens and eggs to San Pedro, and it also educated residents on how to maintain the vital nutritional resources.

Gardner-Webb is a Christian, private, liberal arts university where we join with our students to redefine the classroom, foster transformative opportunities, and cultivate a community that celebrates faith through service and learning. A student-centered experience and rigorous academics prepare our students for careers and lives as diverse as they are. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb University.