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There are billions of people living in developing areas of the world who's struggle with money is constant. Unfortunately, they often lack or do … Read More
There are billions of people living in developing areas of the world who's struggle with money is constant. Unfortunately, they often lack or do not understand the tools and resources to use basic financial management principles that could vastly improve their financial situation. This means that many people who make enough money to provide for themselves and their families are unnecessarily struggling to pay the bills simply because they do not understand how to manage their finances. This project intends to address this problem by designing an application specifically tailored to the needs of people in developing areas of the world. It is intended to both provide useful tools while educating people and encouraging sound financial practices. Read Less
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Last semester, I studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro and had the opportunity to intern with a company creating an OS and applications catered to the needs of people in developing areas of the world.  I was assigned this project, to design a finance management application based on the needs of the people living in favelas (slums) in Rio.   
 
For the first half of this project, I was managing a team of other students back in Berkeley (attributed at the bottom).  For the second half I was mainly working alone.  My mentors gave me free reign over the project, so the process I followed was my own as well. 
 
This piece focuses heavily on the process I followed, rather than final deliverables, for the final deliverables, scroll down to the bottom.
 
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Special Thanks
Elizabeth Lin, Alex Greenspan, Meghna Dholakia, Shanthi Shanmugam, Alysha Jivani, and Gordon Yang for providing support with domain research, research synthesis, and brainstorming.
 
Richard Vignais, Joana Filizola, and Ricardo Pitanga for mentorship and UX feedback.