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2017 Summer Interns in Buyobo

Buyobo College Internships - 2017
(L to R) Julia Dreher, Vince Dewar, Emmanuella Kyei Manu

Julia Dreher, Vince Dewar and Emmanuella Kyei Manu served as the WMI college interns in Buyobo, Uganda for Summer, 2017. They undertook a number of projects to improve health and local community services, created program videos, and analyzed 1,320 borrower surveys to prepare the 2017 Fact Book reporting program results (posted on the WMI web site).

Julia (left) is a rising sophomore intending to major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and minor in Business at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. After taking a year off before university to participate in various apprenticeships internationally, she became interested in the ways in which grassroots organizations can facilitate economic development and promote gender equality. As a member of the WMI team, Julia worked with the Girls' Group to teach courses on hygiene, sexual health, and entrepreneurship to P5 and P6 girls. Additionally, she took the lead in creating videos highlighting WMI's work in Buyobo (also posted on the WMI web site).

Vince (center) is currently a rising junior majoring in International Affairs at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Vince's strong interest in economic development can be traced back to his work with THMT, a non-profit, that provides healthcare and related services to a rural community in Haiti. Upon completing his undergrad, Vince hopes to pursue a master's degree in International Development with a program in the U.K. In addition to working with Buyobo's boys group, Vince organized multiple borrower interviews and created detailed borrower biographies.

Emmanuella (right) is a rising junior at Princeton University with a concentration in Economics and a certificate in Cognitive Science. Growing up in Accra, Ghana, Emmanuella found that she genuinely enjoyed taking classes in Economics and eventually hopes to move back to her home country to undertake a project in economic development. In the meantime, Emmanuella is looking to complete her undergraduate studies and pursue a degree in law. She has the distinction of being WMI's first college intern who hails from sub-Saharan Africa. Emanuella finalized the Fact Book data and report presentation.


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