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Q&A with Karen Foreman: Founder of Global Village

A Habitat for Humanity family in Nepal. Photo/Habitat for Humanity
Foreman is a 1984 Furman economics alum and a 1991 international development graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School.

Karen Foreman didn’t know that a post-college trip to see friends in Americus, Georgia would be so pivotal. Her friends worked for Habitat for Humanity and they shared the group’s mission with her during the extended visit. Inspired, the 1984 Furman economics graduate resolved to pursue a volunteer position that combined an international experience with her faith.

That’s when she applied for a Habitat post in Zaire. About four years later, she was asked to pioneer the Global Village Program and now serves as director of institutional development in the Latin America and Caribbean area office for Habitat International. Read about Habitat’s Global Village and its 30 years of success around the world.

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