I am a second year Shimer student who is involved in QLC, Student Life, the Br. David Darst Center, school history, and Promulgates (Shimer's paper). I am interested in issues of oppression, social justice, and personal and corporate responsibility. My favorite book at Shimer thus far has been The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass-- great read.
This summer I'll be interning with Fonkoze, a successful and growing microfinance organization in Haiti, and CLM, a program of Fonkoze that prepares women who live in extreme poverty for micro financing. I'll be working with current Shimer Facilitator, Steven Werlin, who has spent significant time with Fonkoze and even more in Haiti. To prepare for the internship I've read Banker to the Poor and studied some Creole.
For my first two weeks I'll be staying with a Fonkoze manager named Lamartin. This time is meant to help me learn the language and the basics of Fonkoze before beginning work at the CLM base.