Bauer College Alumna Huyen Bui Receives Microfinance Fellowship Through Kiva Program
Starting your own business is no easy task. But one Bauer graduate wants to make it easier for those across the globe to start and succeed in business.
C. T. Bauer College of Business alumna Huyen Bui’s (’10) passion for volunteerism in Houston and internationally is taking her across the globe to Vietnam in a fellowship with the non-profit Kiva.
Bui’s Bauer College concentrations in marketing and international business lead her to the application for the Kiva Fellowship Program in Vietnam, where she will be a liaison between Kiva and their microfinance institution partners. She will work directly with borrowers to post their stories online and facilitate in the lending process.
“I hope to uplift more people from poverty by connecting lenders from all over the world so borrowers can start their business,” Bui said. “My work will benefit future borrowers in these countries and strengthen the Kiva program.”
Kiva takes loans through the internet from all corners of the world and lends the money to borrowers in developing countries who have been selected by lenders through their online profiles. Borrowers use their loans to buy supplies to sustain businesses, start new a new business, or continue their education.
“The work inspires me, and I want to actually be involved in the process more. That’s why I feel so honored when I got selected as a Kiva Fellow,” Bui said.
Bui was a participant of Discover Leadership Training, a program previously offered in partnership with the Bauer College, and will be utilizing her leadership skills learned there during her time in Vietnam.
“One of the most impactful things that I had experienced [at Bauer] was the leadership training,” Bui said. “This scholarship was given exclusively to Bauer students to develop their leadership skills. Not only did I learn from the classroom, but I also learned from my peers, projects and other student activities.”
Bui’s time at Bauer College also prepared her for the fellowship through participating in leadership programs and her international business courses.
“I appreciate my lessons with Professor Long Le for International Business, because now I can confidently assure that my fellowship will be successful,” Bui said. “The Bauer College of Business creates opportunities for students to shine, it’s just a matter of whether you grab that chance or not.”
By Ann Lynd