This is a part of an ongoing series of posts from members of the Young Ambassadors for Opportunity.
September 5, 2009
Today, I embarked from Columbus, Ohio on a 7-day, 264-hour, 2-country African experience with 21 amazingly talented and accomplished Young Ambassadors for Opportunity. I have yet to meet any of the YAO members in person; however, I am totally inspired by their energy, compassion and commitment to help others.
YAO members seek to inspire, educate and involve younger generations committed to transforming the lives of people living in poverty through microfinance.
I am new to Opportunity International and also to microfinance and microlending. I was first introduced to the concept about a year ago after reading Muhammad Yunus’s book “Banker to the Poor.” It’s an excellent introduction to how poverty can be reduced through the provision of basic financial services. It was amazing to me how a small loan (under $200) could have such a powerful and lasting impact on poverty and development.
While Tanzania and Rwanda are among the poorest of the poor countries of the world, they’re home to over 50 million people, many who live on under $2 a day. Participating in this trip is just one way I can give, share and serve to help others. I am excited for our journey and look forward to openly sharing my experiences.