I first became interested in international development in 2003 when I volunteered abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal. My time in Nepal fundamentally changed my direction in life. I completed my honours degree in international development with a major in economics in May 2008 from McGill University. During my time at McGill, I completed an honours thesis which assessed the ability of microfinance to empower women. My thesis focused on comparing the cases of Bangladesh and Kenya, using information from MFIs in both countries. During the summer of 2007, I spent three and a bit months in Kenya and Tanzania. There I worked in public HIV clinics, public schools, and a public orphanage. I stayed with families in both countries and participated in as many community activities and social events as possible. My host mother was involved in a rotating savings and credit association and I was able to see the workings of informal credit. I loved what I saw and decided to focus my thesis on microfinance so that I could learn more. I am excited to gain some work experience in microfinance.