Melisa Boutin is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, student loan expert and author who is passionate about filling the gap of financial information for Caribbean Millennials. After paying off her own student loan, she hosted a first of its kind financial workshop to educate current University of the Virgin Islands students about how their Caribbean student loans work and founded Yourmoneyworth.com. Her insights have been featured on Canada’s CBC News, Voices of NY, Voice of The Caribbean Radio and her writing has appeared in Potent Magazine.
SB-C: Tell us the why behind your business.
MB: I have always had a strong interest in personal finance and spent a lot of time learning how to turn around my very negative net worth after graduating with almost $70,000 in U.S. Federal, private and international student loans. After I paid off my Caribbean student loan and realized how its complexity, high-interest costs, and lender mishaps presented a challenge to college graduates, like me, across the Caribbean and the Diaspora, I became passionate about filling the gap of financial information.