Last Friday, I went with Francois to Farba, a village about 30 kilometers from Reo. Now that I’ve been granted moto privileges, I am able to participate in my organization’s work much more actively.
We went to Farba to oversee and monitor the progress of a savings club and their microloan repayment rates. Although the meeting was terribly frustrating for a number of reasons, primarily due to the group’s size, over 100 women, and the group’s complete lack of organization, it was definitely a rewarding experience. After reviewing their records and painstakingly reconciling their books, Francois patiently explained to the group again how important it was for each member to contribute to the savings club each on time and how important it is to keep clear records.
After the formal part of the meeting was over, we talked about what I’m doing here as a volunteer, what concerns the village had, and what needs they would like to have addressed. Continue reading