What its all about...
Trip Start May 03, 2007
16Trip End Jun 2007
We later set back out into the scorching sun to visit several local businesses succeeding in part with the assistance of microloans - the experience was as powerful as anything I've personally been through. After months and months of speaking about microcredit, extolling its simplicity, its power to help people shape their lives for the better, discussing the importance and necessity of providing people with simple access and the opportunity improve the lot of their families...it all snapped home. I mean, we knew it was true, we believed intensely in the cause....but it was REALLY true. To see the results directly in front of us, to witness the pride each of these people had in their successful efforts to support their families, and to hear it directly from them, shredded any last doubts we may have had.
Over the course of an entire day we visited 1) a tiny street vendor, 2) a polished corner store, 3) a small tienda in a street marker, 4) a tire sales and repair shop, 5) a glass maker/artisan, and 6) a family tortilla making operation run from a small house - all built partly or in whole through microcredit loans, often several loans over time as original ones were paid back.
Our little crew had an amazing time in Hermosillo, the capital of the state of Sonora and a bustling marketplace in the day, but perfectly sleepy and seemingly almost deserted in the evening. A short but intensely powerful experience, a sharp reminder of what this was all about, the perfect wrap-up to a challenging journey of personal growth, and something none of us will soon forget.