Rose Hickman, ESIA BA ’07, will travel to Mexico in Fall 2014 for a nine month research project funded through the Fulbright U.S. Student Programs.
In Mexico, Hickman will work with the Economics department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She will conduct field research on a national microfinance program that extends small loans to low-income women living in rural areas to promote the formation of small businesses.
Specifically, the study will evaluate the factors that determine participation in the business training workshops offered through microfinance banks and create actionable recommendations for improving participation in these services.
Hickman is currently completing a master’s degree in public policy at Oregon State University, with a focus on rural poverty and social safety net programs.