Clinton Honors Microfinanciers
Small thinking brought a big honor to officers of Owl Microfinance in February when they were recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University for their efforts to help the poor help themselves by starting businesses.
The group began in a bioengineering class taught by Rice 360˚ Director Rebecca Richards-Kortum, where juniors Josh Ozer and Dillon Eng worked out a training program for microentrepreneurs. The students raise money from events, tutoring and private donations to microfinance projects in Tanzania, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, China, Cameroon and elsewhere. Along with vice presidents Tommy Fu ’09 and sophomore Elena White, Ozer and Eng are working with a Rice alum at a Houston law firm to incorporate Owl Microfinance, transforming it from a student club into a nonprofit organization.