Andra Bosneag

Andra Bosneag (Vikalp Women’s Group): Andra is originally from Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a double degree in International Studies and Hispanic Studies. While at Macalester, she taught English to Hispanic immigrants through the Sojourner Truth Academy in the Twin Cities. At the time of her fellowship, Andra was a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy focusing on human security and human rights law. After her fellowship, Andra wrote: “Spending time in the Vikalp office, you are taken on a roller coaster of emotions: people cry in telling their stories, they laugh to deal with the injustices, they smile at strangers as they share their secrets. The office and the women who work there give meaning and a new lease on life to so many marginalized people.”


26 Sep

My parents recently fundraised and donated $800 to Vikalp (thanks guys!). All the proceeds will go towards providing shelters from violence, which support victims of domestic violence, child abuse, rape and sexual assault, as well as persecuted members of the LBTI community in Western India. A HUGE thank you to the following people for supporting Vikalp’s incredible work through their donations:


Shirley Hill, Doxa, Yelena, Carl Hutto, Michael Gordon, Mary Low Sissconi, John Forgaty, Sunita, Sadna, Kelly Jhons, Robert Chacey, Thea


If you would like to support Vikalp’s ongoing campaign, please visit

To find out more about Vikalp and its work, please visit It’s new website will be up soon!!


Posted By Andra Bosneag

Posted Sep 26th, 2013

Abisola Adekoya

Abisola Adekoya (Vital Voices - Women in Management and Business - WIMBIZ): Abisola received her BA in English and International Affairs from Illinois State University in 2007. At the time of her fellowship, she was in her first year at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, studying for a Masters degree in International Development. While at Georgetown, Abisola interned with the Africa Program Department of Search for Common Ground and volunteered as an English-French translator on behalf of asylum seekers through Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Legal Studies. After her fellowship, Abisola wrote: “What a summer this has been! This experience has given me the opportunity to reconnect with my roots (and) greatly exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I have never worked in such a challenging environment, so I’m incredibly proud of myself for completing all of my work plan."

Thank You

11 Aug

What a summer this has been! As I mentioned in my first post, I’ve never spent more than a few weeks in Nigeria since the age of two. So, while my duties as a peace fellow have been the main focus, this experience has also given me the opportunity to reconnect with my roots. By exploring new parts of the country, and taking in the best food, music, and art Nigeria has to offer, I can honestly say that I’ve done just that! I’ve also gained a profound insight into the resources, training and social networks that are required for entrepreneurial success here. Knowledge, that will sharpen my perspective as both a student and future practitioner of development policy.

This experience has greatly exceeded my expectations in so many ways. For that, I would like to say thank you. Thank you to the Wimbiz members who have shared their experiences, both the ups and the downs, of growing their businesses in this tough market. Thank you to the Wimbiz team (Ini, Tosin, Maureen, Janet, Idee and Abel), for welcoming me into their office and helping me to explore the city. And, of course, thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my blog. Your support and encouragement has made all the difference.

Until next time!

Posted By Abisola Adekoya

Posted Aug 11th, 2010


  • Klara Tischner

    January 26, 2011


    Yes, at last somebody who shares identical thoughts and ideas on this as myself. Great stuff. Absolutely love your website.

  • Debra

    March 10, 2017


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