Claire

Claire was a stockbroker in the City and gave up her job to travel by motorbike across Motorbike repairAfrica. Most Loan Officers use motorbikes to travel around the villages visiting clients at their businesses, disbursing loans, collecting repayments and savings, and giving training and mentoring. Claire visited the MicroLoan Foundation’s work in Malawi and volunteered by providing motorbike maintenance support for the loan officers; invaluable when the motorbikes play such a crucial role in delivering financial services to remote areas.

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