will research Peruvian women
convergence of three passions womens issues, the
Spanish language and economics will take U.Va. graduate
Brooke Weddle to Peru on a Fulbright scholarship.
economics and Spanish
major hopes to continue the research she began last summer on
women in Perus informal economy by returning to the country
to live and study among these business pioneers.
women, largely unable to break into the formal sector, are increasingly
utilizing small loans to penetrate the informal market. Through
close documentation of the womens professional lives and
the establishment of community support groups, Weddle said she
hopes to draw close attention to the entrepreneurial capabilities
of women in Peru and discover new ways in which microcredit can
strengthen and reinforce them.
envision my project as supplying the impetus for the growth of
many female microentrepreneurs businesses, she said.
At U.Va., this desire to see women succeed professionally led
Weddle to volunteer with a Young Womens Leadership Program
at the Womens Center.
of the Fulbright, Weddle will defer for one year her acceptance
to Stanfords Ph.D. program in cultures, literatures and
languages. Her future plans include humanitarian efforts in the
defense of women and a possible career in the U.S. Foreign Service.