From left, Will Jordan '20, Lisa Yang '17, Eddie Brennan '18, and Erica Chen '18

During the recent Fallcoming and Family Weekend, the Hamilton Microfinance Group hosted its third annual “Guess the Weight: Giant Pumpkin Challenge.” After successfully raising over $1000 in 2014 and attracting the attention of local news crews, the group decided to make the Giant Pumpkin Challenge a tradition along Martin’s Way. For $1, people could guess the weight of the giant pumpkin and watermelon. They weighed 1,235 pounds and 139.5 pounds, respectively. 

The prizes included a 32" flat screen TV, $50 Nola's gift card, or $50 worth of Hamilton swag. Congratulations to the respective winners: Sam Robinson ’20, Sarah Ostrow ’18, and David Dacres ’18. Despite the rainy weather, Microfinance raised over $400 in a few hours to issue small business loans to local entrepreneurs. 

The Hamilton Microfinance Group is a student-run, micro-lending organization that seeks to increase economic growth and opportunity in the Greater Utica area by providing small business loans to individuals who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. Through the use of loans rather than grants, this organization helps entrepreneurs establish their own credit histories and borrowing power. To learn more, please contact micro@hamilton.edu

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