Jessica Lazo, a student in the inaugural class of GLOBE, was
elected by her classmates to represent the GLOBE program at the
Grameen America Borrowers’ Market at St. John’s University on April
18, 2009. Sharing the stage with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, often
cited as the founder of modern microfinance and winner of the Nobel
Peace Prize along with his Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, Jessica greets
the audience with a speech about the impact that microfinance
can have on the lives of the impoverished. She features the
exemplary work that St. John’s University’s student managers of
GLOBE are engaged in throughout the developing world.
Antoni Kolev, a student in the inaugural class of GLOBE and
founding student member of the GLOBE Steering Committee, has
contributed his energy and insights to the forming of St. John’s
University’s innovative microloan program. He speaks
here of his passion for helping the poor help themselves and of
his involvement with GLOBE.