Interbalkan Institute for Educational and Economic Development/Ministry of Interior, Greece June 1, 2012 – September 1, 2012
Effie-Michelle worked this summer to expand the micro-loan and job capacities of single, widowed and recently unemployed women with the Interbalkan Institute in the Pieria region of northern Greece. The Interbalkan Institute supports and trains local business owners on topics ranging from financial management to the ethics of leadership. Effie-Michelle incubated small grassroots projects in agri-business, artisanal crafts and computer training to empower local communities of women recently disenfranchised by the EU's austerity cuts. She hopes to eventually launch these projects at a national level.