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January 2008 - College Intern

January 2008 - BuyoboMontana Stevenson, a sophomore at the University of Virginia, accompanied by WMI President, Robyn Nietert (her mom) and Board Member June Kyakobye, traveled to Buyobo in January 2008, as WMI's first intern. She assisted in the development of the microloan program format and in all aspects of the loan program launch. While in Buyobo, she was in charge of all document organization and worked in a team with a translator to interview prospective borrowers and help them write simple business plans. She vetted business ideas to raise chickens, market bugoyas (a native fruit) and open small shops, and then helped borrowers complete all of the loan program documentation. After the loans were issued, Montana assisted with the 2 days of training in marketing, business operations, and management concepts. Although many of the women had operated micro-businesses before, no one had ever explained the benefits of record keeping and she tutored borrowers one-on-one in book keeping basics. The actual logistics of the funds distribution for the first loans were very challenging - Montana organized the loan issue and accounting system.

As part of the team of the first WMI representatives to visit Buyobo, Montana acted as an ambassador for the loan program. She interviewed community leaders, spent time with the village children, met with bank officials and photographed and videotaped the program launch. After a week in the village, the ladies of Buyobo grew very fond of WMI's first intern and prayed for her return sometime in the future.

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