To see first hand how their micro finance funds were being utilized, 25 students along with chaperones using their own personal funds, traveled to the Dominican Republic to experience that which can only be told in pictures and words of these remarkable young men and women. The youths visited small villages, pueblos, barrios and batays to sit in on loan meetings, talk to loan associates and learn first hand how a loan for as little as $50-250 can change not just one person's life, but potentially hundreds of others. When added to their experiences in actually going out and asking for the donations from their community, seeing how the funds are being used and making new friends along the way, the kids from Bellevue High School Microfinance Club will carry with them indelible memories for the rest of their lives and plans to share the good of micro finance with other teenagers around the world. Life changing lessons: Learning that the amount of money you may have is not the key to happiness, that a dollar has an incredibly different value depending on your circumstances and most importantly:
Young men and women CAN make a difference.