As dedicated upperclassman of Millbrook High School and the co-presidents of the Change Foundation, we are committed to making an impact in the refugee community both locally and internationally by using the practice of microfinance to give loans to the up-and-coming businesses of these refugees.
The Change Foundation's Story
The Change Foundation was created by Luke White and Graham Watkins in 2016. The foundation loans out small grants of money to local refugees to obtain resources for their individual businesses. The two refugees we are currently working with, Arzoo and Ragheid, have both set up a basis for their businesses with loans from this foundation. Once Luke and Graham graduated in 2018, they entrusted us, Ashley White, Abby Regan, and Hope Freeman, as co-presidents to continue their fulfilling work. This year we have started fundraising, new forums, market applications, and have begun selling Arzoo and Ragheid’s products. With countless hours dedicated to this Foundation, we have had the pleasure of engaging in a service that requires both passion and hard work. In addition to this, meeting with Arzoo and Ragheid and watching them both grow and set goals has been both heartwarming and empowering. By providing them with a stable foundation, we have been able to take their dreams and begin to set them to a reality. None of this is possible without the support of people like you.