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2015 Summer College Interns in Buyobo


2015 Buyobo College Intern Abigail Gellman
Abigail Gellman
Abigail Gellman, a native New Yorker, is a rising junior at Princeton University. She participated in the Princeton Bridge Year Program, living for nine months in Senegal. While there she worked with civic organizations that supported impoverished street children and cared for orphaned infants. She also taught English classes through an internship with a Senegalese civic association. During high school she was extensively involved with Girls Learn International, raising awareness for girls' education issues. Abby sings with her university choral group, the Katzenjammers, and she is involved in diversity programming at the Carl A. Fields Center, the advocacy committee of Students for Prison Education and Reform, and volunteers with the Petey Greene prison tutoring program.

2015 Buyobo College Intern Jing Xie
Jing Xie
Jing Xie, a native of China, is a rising sophomore at Princeton University. Attending high school in India, Jing witnessed widespread poverty first-hand and joined a local women's micro-finance project where she tutored women in basic computer skills. She participated in the Princeton Bridge Year Program, working with rural women's groups in Urubamba, Peru. Entering college, she wanted to use her skills and knowledge to further pursue her passion of women empowerment through micro-finance. Jing has interned with Princeton University's Office of Communications where she gained video productions skills. She participates in Princeton University Players and the Film Society. She plans to major in Operation Research and Financial Engineering.

Jing and Abby in Buyobo with Merida, WMI's  secretary.
Jing and Abby in Buyobo with Merida, WMI's secretary.
This year the interns will focus on interviewing women in the loan program and learning about the program's subtle impacts on household living standards and improving future opportunities for the children of borrowers. They will prepare media presentations that convey the loan program's impact and communicate the changes in the communities where the program operates.


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