Off on a New Africa Adventure!!
After a travel hiatus to do weird things like school and graduation, once more I am jetting off again!
I am extremely fortunate to be leading a microfinance service-learning trip for a student organization I have been involved with throughout my undergraduate career, the Trockman Microfinance Initiative.
We will be going to a town in western Rwanda called Kinigi, and working with the parent-teacher association of Kabwende Primary School on expanding their current microfinance loan system. Aside from a needs assessment, we will be providing a few workshops in business and financial management training.
Aside from being in Kinigi, we get to meet with local microfinance organizations in Kigali, visit markets, cultural centers, and other self-sustaining income initiatives in the area.
I will probably only have Internet access in the capital, but follow for updates and whatnot after I get back! I will be there for about two weeks, from May 10-May 23rd.
Kind of a weird photo because they are so blurred, but look how fast they all go! #little500
The oft replicated but never duplicated Indiana University Little 500 bike race. 200 laps on a pressed cinder track on Schwinn (sp?) bicycles. (at Indiana University Bloomington)
Strike Day One
On Thursday, hundreds of students from the University of Indiana walked out of class and joined a march to the ‘School of Education’ where the IU Board of Trustee’s were having a meeting.
The students were protesting low wages for the support staff at IU, high tuition for students, a population of minority students that has not doubled from 4 percent as previously promised by school officials and more.
Follow IUonStrike on Tumblr for updates.
Quick correction - it’s just Indiana University
Outside of Bloomington Beer Fest (at Woolery Mill)
Bloomington Craft Beer Festival was amazing (at Woolery Mill)
Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan and Berber explorer in the 14th century, who went everywhere from China to the Horn of Africa, and published his travels in the Rihla (“Journey”). He even writes about culture shock when visiting non-Muslim countries. He’s considered one of the greatest travelers and explorers.