A group of students at the University of Arizona traveled to different parts of the world to create unforgettable experiences and memories. What we found was extreme poverty. After seeing people suffer from living under the international poverty line, we each thought to ourselves
“How can I make a difference in the world? How can a few students make an impact?”
Loans Across Borders, the University of Arizona’s first micro finance club, is our way of making a difference. We have introduced the club to the Tucson community by hosting an Oxfam Hunger Banquet and selling crafted goods made by Ghanaian entrepreneurs at Tucson Meet Yourself. During the Spring 2013 semester, we came into contact with Christiane Milev, a founder and the current director of Village Exchange International/Ghana, a nonprofit organization we are working with to give micro loans to local Ghanaian entrepreneurs. We initiated our second partnership in the Fall of 2014 with another non-profit called Walk With. This organization seeks to to inspire positive social change through small community based grassroots projects and empower people towards self-sustainability.