New Member Introduction: Linnea Teske

January 7, 2022

Hi! On this blog, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me, Linnea Teske. I’m a freshman studying political science, and I just joined the Wisconsin Microfinance team as the new Media Intern! I feel so lucky to be able to work for such a wonderful organization, and in support of such an amazing cause. I have been passionate about making a difference since I was in high school; my dream job has always been to make an impact on some part of the world – and in this position, it’s clear how I’m doing that. At Wisconsin Microfinance, which paves the road to business success for underprivileged women in disadvantaged communities, I have the chance to be a part of something bigger than myself. And I’m so excited for it!

Without a doubt, my new position at Wisconsin Microfinance is different from any other job I’ve had. In my hometown of Campbellsport, WI, where the cows almost outnumber the people, I worked as a barista in a local coffee shop. Now, going to college in the state’s capital and having a job that’s mainly on my computer, it seems like every aspect of my life has changed. And now I get to help women (and men) change their own lives in even more dramatic ways than mine has. My enthusiasm for the job goes even beyond the amazing cause that this organization stands for; I absolutely love to write, and this position allows me to write nearly every day about the difference that Wisconsin Microfinance is making across the globe.

In my first semester at UW Madison, I took multiple classes that have re-shaped my views on international poverty and humanitarian aid. My favorite class was a race-based sociology course, which taught me more about the poverty cycle, and about the difficult third-world conditions that people are living in all over the globe. Not only did the class make me feel infinitely more fortunate for the things I have, but it also made me want to make a difference firsthand. And after learning more about the Wisconsin Microfinance mission and the amazing people who work here, I feel like I am finally doing that.

Outside of work, I love to paint and draw. If you saw me in person, I’d probably be sketching or writing away on my laptop. I’m super passionate about things like music, art, movies, and social justice issues. Please, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] if you have any questions about me or the organization. I’m already scheduling time to talk with a local Madison high school Microfinance Club, and I’d love to schedule time with any other school or community group to share my excitement! I would love to hear from you! 


Linnea Teske (an excited new member of Wisconsin Microfinance!)