Emily Hibbets (IPED ’08) is director of Relief International a humanitarian nonprofit agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. Previously she worked in the Microfinance Unit of Catholic Relief Services in Burkina Faso as a CRS International Development Fellow. She has conducted research on the needs and behaviors of the poor women clients of CRS-BF’s partnering MFI, GRAINE, for voluntary savings, and is currently studying how to adapt an agricultural loan product to the needs of agro-entrepreneurs in the context of a food price crisis. Previously, she interned for Women’s World Banking and WWB’s Beninese associate MFI, PADME. A graduate of Oberlin College (2002), Emily is a founding student board member of the CIPS. She hopes the CIPS will permit Fordham students to augment the study of West African remittance corridors, as well as gain a deeper understanding of microfinance in this region.