Internship & Partners Program
Maisha Finance is a completely new kind of social venture taking a novel approach to facilitate international cooperation. As such, one way in which Maisha strives to achieve its goals is through partnerships across national borders. Our internship and partners programs are examples of these strong international partnerships.
How it Works:
Maisha will coordinate with potential interns and partners from overseas who want to work within the Tanzanian microfinance industry, Maisha will match those interested with local MFIs and Saccos of their choice, Maisha will receive the interns who wish to come to Tanzania and give them a 2 - 5 day country familiarization program, Maisha will then bring the intern to their chosen MFI or Sacco, Finally, Maisha will write a report to the intern's university, college or employer back home if necessary.
A Fee Will Be Charged for Facilitation Purposes
Customized or specific orientation programs will have an additional fee. For instance, arranging Kiswahili language courses, escorting interns to their respective MFI (e.g. upcountry MFIs), organizing Safaris and other similar arrangements.
Julia Konrad is currently a Junior at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA. She is studying Social Studies, with a potential focus field on Education in the United States. She interned at Maisha in the summer of 2011. Highlights include visiting clients in their homes and organizing a financial literacy workshop which will continue well into the future.
When asked about her experience Julia noted, "I am thankful for the opportunity Maisha gave me this summer to work with its clients on such a personal level. They, like all of the Maisha team, have been so welcoming. This has truly been a memorable summer.
Patrick Leonard is in his Sophomore year at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, USA. He is interested in studying Sub-Saharan African Development and was thrilled to have the opportunity to intern with Maisha Finance. He interned with Maisha for the months of June and July in the summer of 2011. The most memorable moments of the summer for him included meeting the clients at their businesses and observing how microfinance affects their daily operations.
Sarah Tuttle is a recent graduate of the University of New England in the United States, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in English. She is a professional freelance writer and an active community volunteer. Sarah is currently a graduate student at Simmons College, where she is studying to earn an M.F.A. in Writing for Children. Sarah volunteers for Maisha on an as-needed basis as part of our Partners program. She facilitates communication between Maisha and interested partners in the U.S.