Since 2012, a Microenterprise Global Fellow has been working at Village HopeCore International for six to twelve months. These Fellows offer technical and program assistance, helping to expand the reach of HopeCore’s programs.
The current 2014-2014 Micro Enterprise Global Fellow is Nyokabi Muhu. Her profile can be found on the “Current Chogoria Staff” page.
Kory Hansen, Sept. 2013- May 2014
Kory graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013 with a Master of International Affairs degree with concentrations in development and human rights policies. He has previously worked in Kenya during the summer of 2012 in Nyeri, his work there centered on two areas, sustainable engineering and social entrepreneurship. Representing a team of students from The Pennsylvania State University, he met with several self-help groups in-order to formulate a plan to address the issue of escaping the poverty cycle. Kory joined the HopeCore team in September, as the nonprofit’s second Micro Enterprise Global Fellow. Kory looks forward to continue supporting the initiatives previously implemented while also working cooperatively with the community to promote sustainable entrepreneurship.
Caroline Gimmillaro, May 2012-July 2013
Caroline was the inaugural Micro Enterprise Global Fellow. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development. Shortly after graduation, Caroline moved to Chogoria and developed a comprehensive database of loan client characteristics to track the impact of HopeCore’s loans. She also designed the Greenhouse Lending Program, aimed to increase clients’ incomes through greenhouse farming. Additionally, Caroline wrote HopeCore’s 2013-2016 strategic plan. Upon completion of her fellowship, Caroline became HopeCore’s management consultant while concurrently working as Director of Special Programs at the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2014, she began pursuing a Masters of Public Policy with a concentration in political and economic development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.