I'm David Almeida, and this summer I'm traveling to Ghana to work with Lumana, a microcredit firm empowering rural, underserved populations.

My name is David Almeida, I'm an entrepreneurship student at the University of Washington, and I have been working with Lumana, a microfinance organization, for the past year.

Currently, 6.9 million people in Ghana live in extreme poverty. Microcredit has been shown to have a positive impact on the lives of people supporting themselves and their families with small, largely informal businesses, and after working with Lumana, an organization bringing underserved populations the power of credit in Ghana for the last two years, I'm excited to say that it is now my chance to do it!

This summer, I will be spending two months working to expand Lumana's operations to serve 1000 clients and enter four new villages. I am so happy to say that this opportunity found me: working with an innovative organization working to empower people in Africa is my dream.

In order to make this dream happen, I am attempting to raise $5000 before June 15th, $3500 of which will be allocated to my travel and living expenses, and $1500 towards loans to empower Ghanaians to improve their lives.

Some of you I have known my whole life, and some of you I may have never met, but I invite everyone to help support me, either by donating (instructions below), inviting your friends to this group, following my blog, telling your friends and family about Lumana and microcredit, or contacting me for more information about any of the above. I would not be able to do this without your help, so thank you for your continued support!

Lumana is currently under fiscal sposorship of Global Brigades until we complete our own 501(c)3

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