I’m Jacob Van Houten, originally from Lower Merion in the suburbs of Philadelphia and currently attending the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn. I just finished my sophomore year studying Mathematical Economics, and I’m thrilled to say I’ll be spending the summer working with Jana Urban Foundation in Bangalore doing microfinance work. I’m fascinated with the microfinance model, and I’ll be looking to explore both the great impact it can have to individual recipients and its scalability in assisting the greater population in such an immense country.
This will be my first time in India, and I can’t wait to immerse myself in a vastly different culture and expose myself to new ways of thinking. And as an avid eater, I can’t wait to try the food! (Though I’m posting this a few hours late, and I have to admit the first meal I ate in India with Laura and Eileen was a Belgian waffle and eggs at the ‘All-American Diner’….It was right inside where we were staying, it was late, and we were hungry!)