We traveled to two more microloan groups today. We visited the women of Reyna and Mujeres Virtuosas. In the beginning of the day, we hiked up a stony pathway to arrive at Reyna. We met at Carmen’s home and learned about their various projects.
Reyna invested its micro loan into sheep, chickens, a cow, and plants for reforestation. While the women do sell some plants at the local market, many are used to reforest the community. The only difficult part with this particular project seems to be climate change.
Last year, there were hail storms and inconsistent rain during the raining season. As a result of climate change, there is less predictably in growing crops and making them profitable. This same issue affects the microloan groups we visited yesterday who have family gardens.
Next we ventured a nearby town to visit Mujeres Virtuosas. They were extremely hospitable preparing an amazing meal for us. This group has many projects including: cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and a family garden. Evidently they face similar problems with crops due to climate change; however, they seem to have truly mastered the art of growing cows and pigs. They were enormous!
These ladies can earn quite a nice profit off of the cows and pigs, especially given the size. This can go towards repayment of the interest free microloan to the Association.
After meeting all these groups, the hospitality was phenomenal! These women opened their homes and hearts to some familiar and new faces. It’s an honor to partner with such resilient and inspiring women.