What Drew Me to Momba

By Laura Monti

I first checked out Momba’s website one sunny day in July. Captivated by the creative graphics and shocking statistics, I dove a little deeper and discovered its mission. After learning that Momba aims to improve college students’ quality of life, I became intrigued. As a rising sophomore at Boston University (BU), the typical hardships of living away from home for the first time were fresh in my memory. I was curious to see how Momba could help me in my upcoming years at BU. The answer: 24/7 best-in-class vending machines. So simple yet so brilliant!

Freshman year flashbacks of when I needed dorm essentials without a way to conveniently get them kicked in. It was 1:54am, and I had finally broken free from the library after an intense 5-hour team meeting for a class presentation due the next day — the only thing standing between Christmas break and me. I trekked back to my dorm in the snow, fantasizing about taking a hot shower, when a thought (other than how the cold it was) sent chills down my spine. I have to wear a suit skirt tomorrow. 

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The beginning of the beginning

Momba: a different type of business

Momba

By Steven Duque

Momba’s primary mission is to give students the things they need where they live, whenever they need them; a significant portion of our profits will be given to schools’ financial aid programs. And, we plan to offer student social entrepreneurs an opportunity to make good money while making a positive impact on their immediate communities.

A former dirty college kid on financial aid cleans up

Laundry Piling UpOnce upon a time, I was a dirty college kid on financial aid, who was awake at all sorts of weird hours of the day, as my former roommates will attest. Incidentally, I also often exposed myself to a lot of unnecessary danger by wandering campus and neighboring areas, especially when I needed essential items like toiletries and/or clean undergarments (you can probably guess that I wasn’t super religious about doing my laundry).

In my late-night college wanderings, I saw that I wasn’t the only one awake. Whether for studying, partying or just hanging out, people away at school are awake at all hours of the day. Not only that, they also often need things at all hours of the day. Even when it’s daytime, the thought of dropping what you’re doing and leaving your dorm to buy essential items can seem daunting and time-consuming. In the grand scheme of dorm life, taking care of oneself often falls lower and lower on a growing priority list.

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