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Adriana Saman

"I am changing the way West Philly entrepreneurs can access credit and grow their businesses."

Focus Area: Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development

School: University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences


I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At Penn, my major is Political Science with minors in Economic Policy and International Development. I have always been very passionate about helping people in need and find ways to economically empower the poor. For this reason, my most significant involvements at school include clubs that have a strong social impact aspect. I was the chair of community service in Wharton Latino and belonged to the Nicaragua team of Penn Microfinance. Yet, my most important contribution so far has been to take part in the creation of Compass Capital, Philadelphia's first student-led MFI. I currently serve as CCO of the fund and hope to find through this experience a sustainable model that could be applied to aid poverty in Ecuador.