This week I will be returning to Mata los Indios, the small batey in Monte Plata where I spent spring break, assessing poverty, digging a foundation and attempting to bring micro-finance to a poor, rural population. As of when you read this, I will be on my way back to that place of no internet, bucket showers and crushed frogs. I had been itching to get back since getting here, but now it seems like it is so suddenly upon me.
Recently, we got the green light from Esperanza to continue moving toward micro-credit in Mata los Indios and the surrounding area. I know we had been told before that it was a good chance we would have success, but being back in this country and not knowing the verdict had me itching. Going into bateyes again with so many failed borrowers had me feeling a little hopeless, a little worried that nothing could ever change in Mata, even if we helped provide he intervention from Esperanza.
Now that we’re returning to Mata, I feel like we all have a firmer grasp of what we’re doing, why and how. We’ve seen people both better and worse off than those in Mata, those who have been able to succeed in improving from that standing and those who have failed. Our survey-creation, -delivery and -evaluation skils have improved with experience.
Right now I’m just looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and getting to work on my project’s business plan, so that maybe I can accelerate some assistance and learn a little in the process.