Published:  01:27 AM, 07 November 2019 Last Update: 01:29 AM, 07 November 2019

Ann Dunham

Ann Dunham

Ann Dunham was an American anthropologist and played a major role in the rural development of Indonesia. She specialized in economic anthropology. However, she is best known as the mother of the 44th American president, Barack Obama. Dunham studied at the 'University of Hawaii' and graduated with a 'Bachelor of Arts' degree in anthropology. She was mostly interested in craftsmanship and weaving. She wished to find out ways in which cotton industries could uplift and empower women, especially in an underdeveloped country such as Indonesia. She also worked for the 'United States Agency for International Development' and created several microcredit programs in order to eradicate poverty in rural areas.' There, she associated herself with the largest microfinance program in the world. She met Barack Obama Sr. while attending a Russian class in Hawaii in the early 60s.

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