Addison Embrey, MIIS graduate student in security and development, shares his experience working in youth finance and community development in a remote area of Guatemala as well as with ex-gang members in Guatemala city. In this interview with host Paula LeRoy of Policy Pace, Addison describes community development projects, gang issues, political issues, and societal issues experienced today in Guatemala, a country with the second highest homicide rate in Central America.
The interview also includes particulars about the micro finance business, issues of cyclical debt, selection of type of business, and the spread of interest in micro finance in small communities. Waxing philosophical, Addison reminds us that youth are our “tomorrow of today.” Seeing the predicament of youth his own age, strengthens his commitment to helping improve their lives.
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