After traveling to Malawi in the summer of 2016 with Circle of Hope International as a volunteer, Meghan Munson knew she wanted to return to Malawi as an intern. Munson is a junior at Indiana University majoring in Public Policy and Business Analytics in the Kelley School of Business. She returned to Malawi this past summer with Circle of Hope International, a ministry-based organization in Wilmore, Kentucky and completed a month-long internship.
Circle of Hope International partners with Grace Alliance Church, a group of Malawians who seek to alleviate poverty in Malawian communities through education, economic development, and healthcare programs. Munson transferred to Indiana University from Indiana Wesleyan after her freshman year, where she connected with Circle of Hope International through their partnership.
Circle of Hope International provides a school, orphanage, and an economic development program in the Dowa District of Malawi. As an intern, Munson took on multiple roles of working in the school, economic program, and their ministry team. She was able to strengthen her relationships with Malawian friends from the previous summer and build new ones as well.
Within the economic program, Munson utilized her skills that she gained from her Business, Government, & Society course at Indiana University. She also completed a Contemporary Africa class outside of the business school, which deepened her understanding of African culture. While in Malawi, Munson worked regularly with Amayi Lumbe, who established a textile shop in her community, and learned more about Amayi’s experiences running a woman-owned business. Munson combined her studies in Kelley with Amayi’s guidance to gain more insight in consultation and project management to learn how small businesses grow.