Day 15 for the Microfinance Team: Rachel’s Reflections

Rachel and (our) Samuel

The best thing about our microfinance project is by far its future. What we did with our group of women, our skits and PowerPoints and brief education, was fun and doubtless important. But what matters is the long term impact of the project. Visiting the homes of women who began to participate in microenterprise a few years ago gave us a firsthand peek at the eventual benefits of getting involved in such a project – these women seemed happy, their homes were full of work materials and nice furniture, and it was evident from their attitudes that they enjoyed otherwise unattainable levels of self-sufficiency and self-satisfaction from their work. Since the Dominican Republic, in addition to being generally economically depressed, is especially hard on women, microfinance provides what might be the only viable channel for women with great ambition and great need to overcome their economic and social boundaries and start their own businesses. I’m glad to have played even a very small part in that, and I hope that the majority of the women we worked with stick with the program and truly improve their lives because of what we helped teach them.   -Rachel

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • ______________

    This is not a peer-reviewed journal, an edited manifesto, or the final product of thought and purposeful writing. Most importantly, this is not a Hiram College endorsed publication nor does it reflect the opinions and views of Hiram College or of Caminante.
  • __The Fine Print __

    This is a blog. It is intended to be a living and growing journal for the individual reflections of college students and educators dedicated to helping people and trying to improve the world. The views expressed by the authors on this blog do not necessarily reflect the collective views of all of the authors, the website, those who link to this website, the author’s mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, grandparents, friends, or their pet. The authors aim to be as honest, accurate, respectful, complete, humble, and vulnerable as possible. None of these attributes are however guaranteed.
  • ______________

    Comments on this blog are the sole responsibility of their writers and the writer will take full responsibility for any claim that may result from something written in a comment. The administrators retain the right to omit any comments that may be offensive, disrespectful, or against the good-will of mankind.
%d bloggers like this: