America is full of woman leaving lucrative careers to work for less money abroad, and these 2 are doing it at Google

Take a look at your local city attorney’s credit score, and prepare to feel heartened. Ruth Loconto, a New York City lawyer who left her job to work for the African equivalent of the…

America is full of woman leaving lucrative careers to work for less money abroad, and these 2 are doing it at Google

Take a look at your local city attorney’s credit score, and prepare to feel heartened.

Ruth Loconto, a New York City lawyer who left her job to work for the African equivalent of the IRS, is what The Economist calls a “university graduate” in Ghana, where she lives and works as a tax auditor at Interswitch, a computer payment system.

Loconto, 34, quit her position in New York to work abroad. She had taken classes in Ghana, where she grew up, with a so-called Ghanaian history major, before receiving her degree from the Harvard Business School, then graduating from Columbia University. She returned to her native country in 2015 to work at Interswitch, which allows customers to transfer money online, according to The Economist.

“It’s a lot of fun for me,” Loconto told The Atlantic, which first highlighted her case. “I don’t have to wake up in the morning to worry about getting my paycheck.”

She and others with similar jobs seem to be relatively rare on the job. Loconto received public support as she kept up her fundraiser and raised $34,000.

While she quickly earned praise for a job well done, Loconto has faced criticism for not not filling out tax forms every time.

When The Atlantic contacted her about that issue, Loconto shot back: “I could have been putting together a bigger team.” She added that she was not a “numbers person” but was nonetheless able to educate herself, she said, through lesson videos.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

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