While our second day in Guatemala was enlightening as we learned about its history and economic conditions, our third day was active, exhilarating, and inspiring. We experienced first-hand the beauty of the Guatemalan highlands by traveling to various microloan groups to receive updates on their projects and form bonds.
All eight travelers arrived safely in Guatemala City last evening. The sun is shining and the weather is glorious—unlike at home right now! Seven travelers are representing New Castle Presbytery (Tracy, Rachel, Karen, Arun, Denison, Jamie, and Carrie) and we are delighted to also be joined by Mary Jane from Presbytery of the James in Richmond, Virginia.
We traveled to two more microloan groups today. We visited the women of Reina and Mujeres Virtuosas. At the beginning of the day, we hiked up a stony pathway to arrive at Reina. We met at a member’s home and learned about their various projects.
Reina invested its microloan 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 of this particular project seems to be climate change.