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“My experience helped to give me a first hand understanding of microcredit and loan distribution.”

 Justin HumeJustin Hume

Major: Global Development and Peace

 

Microfinance Internship in Africa

I had the opportunity to perform an internship at the Grounded and Holistic Approach to People’s Empowerment (GHAPE), a social model microfinance organization located in the North West Region of Cameroon.

There, I worked with the office staff performing the regular duties of a GHAPE credit officer. I wrote grants, created borrower profiles for the Kiva website, and was even involved in the day-to-day financial aspects of the organization (data entry, loan distribution, and borrower check-ups). In between our regular duties, during my stay, we secured three separate grants for increasing borrower education, for creating a new borrowing center, and even one more grant for establishing a third major office in Momo Division.

Gaining First-Hand Understanding

Together, these things served as a capstone experience to the University of Bridgeport’s masters program in Global Development and Peace, and not only helped to give me a first hand understanding of microcredit and loan distribution, but also helped me to become much more in tune with the challenges that many countries face in building a better tomorrow.

A Deeper Perspective

With these experiences in hand, I have since been able to join the faculty of the College of Public and International Affairs to write on the subject of microloan distribution from a more informed perspective to become involved in the building of a new Non-Governmental Organization with the help of two other students from the Global Development and Peace program
expand our activities beyond more academic pursuits and on in to helping people in the rural villages of East Africa.