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Summer 2008 - College Interns

Summer 2008 - BubblesHart Wood, a junior at Mary Washington College in Virginia, traveled to Buyobo in July 2008 to help with WMI's third and fourth loan issue. It was the first time WMI had gone from issuing 20 loans at a time to issuing 40 loans at a time. His visit was appreciated by all the children of the village, who followed him everywhere, especially once they found out he always traveled with little jars of bubbles. Hart's assistance was invaluable as the bank wire transmitting the funds for the loan issue was erroneously posted to the wrong account and he spent endless days backtracking through the electronic wiring system to locate the problem and resolve the issue. Once back at college, Hart wrote to us at WMI to reflect on his time in Buyobo,

"My time working for WMI in Uganda was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. It was a great opportunity to be able to do actual microfinance field work, which was made even better by allowing me to start my economic development career with an MFI who was just getting settled themselves. In Uganda, I met some incredible people and got to work in a culture vastly different from ours. There were a fair share of challenges, but we overcame them all and I ended up with a great number of lessons that I've since taken on to all of my other development work. Thanks to WMI for my first real experience in economic development work - I can't wait until I get to go back to Buyobo!"


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