voices from abroad

About Hanh February 16, 2009

I am inspired by the use of storytelling, art and film as tools for advocacy and healing in underserved communities.
Where did all this come from?
Last summer, I interned with WomenCraft, a social enterprise in Tanzania whose mission is to enable Burudian refugee women to become contributing members of a successful fair-trade enterprise. This experience exposed me to social entreprenuership and microfinance as powerful means for change in the world. I was amazed by how a lack of resources could spur such incredible innovation. I believe that people can pull themselves out of poverty if they are given adequate opportunity and support. This summer as a Kiva Fellow, I hope to used voice and video to capture the the spirit of the working poor in Vietnam, and for these stories to start conversations. I admire Kiva’s model because it allows people to open their hearts and connect with another person across the world.

I am pursuing my Masters in Public Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. After graduation, I plan to devote my career to economic development and social entrepreneurship as it relates to immigrant and refugee populations. I am inspired to create change in this particular area because of my experience working with refugees abroad and my parent’s own struggles and triumphs as immigrants.

I have my Bachelors degree in Marketing and Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Go buffs!

Feel free to contact me with any questions


Skype: hanh_tran1

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato


7 Responses to “About Hanh”

  1. Kulwa Says:


    What an awesome project. So happy for you!!! I’m sure the experiences and memories you gain will last you the rest of your lifetime. Good for you. We will miss our Hanny Bun though. 😦 Good luck to you on your fundraising. Congratulations!

    • Hanh Says:

      Thanks Kuwala! Hope your summer is going well! I miss you – Can’t wait to see you at Do’s wedding! πŸ™‚

  2. Grace A-L Says:

    Hi Hanh,
    I am very excited for you. I know you will certainly impact the lives of those you meet this summer in Vietnam. You have inspired me to become a lender and possibly look into microfinance.

    Have a great time. A big bye bye from your WSAFA former President.


  3. Vera Says:

    Sounds like you’re moving ahead with great projects, girl! So glad for you. This is inspiring.

    • Hanh Says:

      Thanks Vera! NY misses you. πŸ™‚ I love your blog…really great that you’re still writing. Hope that one of these days we’ll actually be in the same state again. πŸ™‚

  4. Kulwa Says:


    So I’m all caught up with all your entries thus far. Very moving stories. Some are funny and some are very humbling. Again, I am so proud of you for what you’re doing. This is a very good way to expand your horizons and really connect with humanity on a personal level.

    So you haven’t caught yourself a man there, not even with all the crowds at Som sSon and the engagement party (btw, you’re the only one looking excited in that pic)? J/K…kinda. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I really miss you and can’t wait ’til you get back and share all the stories.


    P.S. – got your post card. very thoughtful of you.

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