I am so excited to be chosen as a StartingBloc Fellow!!! I a junior at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and wildly interested in social enterprise. I am currently abroad studying post-conflict reconstruction in Kigali, Rwanda and working as a consultant for the Private Sector Federation, completing a comprehensive needs assessment for tourism training institutes (including the Akilah Institute - started by StartingBloc Fellow Elizabeth Dearborn Davis) about the needs of the private sector.
I have also worked with the World Economic Forum's Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Africa at SELFINA, a for-profit microfinance institution in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. While at SELFINA, I developed a loan monitoring program to improve the company's portfolio at risk, instituted a mobile banking program with Vodacom M-Pesa, and led an IT training course.
I am also the COO of the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative and the Founder of the Citizenship Fund. We have loaned out over $18,000 to low-income permanent residents and entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C. and currently serve six active clients. My work with these organizations has been recognized by institutions including Georgetown and the Washington Post. I have also worked with other microfinance organizations, including the Microcredit Sumit Campaign, FINCA International, and Grameen America. I will be working as a consultant for McKinsey and Company this summer so that I can gain skills in the private sector that I can translate to the social sector.
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