My name is Maci Woyat! As a current university student, not only am I passionate about my work inside the classroom, but I am passionate about what I can do with that knowledge I have learned to educate the world around me. My love for Finance and Economics comes from my day to day interactions I had where money was constantly flowing around me. I found myself intrigued with how money’s movement influenced decisions and society. This lead me to follow a path towards gaining my bachelors degrees in those subjects.
However, I always felt that studying inside the classroom could only get you so close to the subject. That it was almost like going to a museum and pressing your face up against the glass to study the artifact in front of you. But, to truly understand and make a difference in the world, you have to be engaged with what you are studying. So I became a Mango to learn more about economics and finance and their impacts in my community. What I learned from my work at FinMango was beyond just applying the knowledge I have been studying. I learned about what it means to make a difference in the world around me and what being a Mango truly means.
Being a Mango is acting as an advocate for financial literacy. Being a Mango is sharing the knowledge and opportunity you have been granted with the world around you. Being Mango is standing up for equality and fairness, by empowering the people around you to take their life into their own hands with financial tools and knowledge to fund their dreams. Being a Mango is doing all of this while being innovative, creative, and having fun.
I am a Mango because I want to be a catalyst for others’ success stories. I have had the opportunity to learn about the financial literacy movement from my local community, all the way to Nepal or Togo (to name a few). When I hear the stories from our partners and past students of the programs, I hear proof that our work makes a difference. Being a Mango is one of the most privileged positions I have been granted, and is a constant motivation to learn more and work harder to help improve the lives of others.