Gina Occhipinti’s exploration of the world of microfinance began with a class with Professor Michael Swack and led her to in nine weeks in the Philippines funded by a SURF Abroad grant from the Hamel Center. In the Philippines Gina interviewed women entrepreneurs who were micro-loan recipients. Her research culminated in a report for a large microfinance organization, CARD-MRI. The report described ways that CARD-MRI could provide business development services to micro-entrepreneurs in a financially sustainable way.
Catch a glimpse of Gina’s 2017 SURF Abroad experience in the Philippines in this video.
Below you may read her abstract, originally published in Inquiry, UNH's online undergraduate research journal. For the complete research article, visit Inquiry.