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Posted by: | October 22, 2009 | 2 Comments |

I wish I knew more about the role of business in social change.  I chose to study business and sociology in college because I felt as though success in business required an understanding of how groups of people interact.  I’m learning of a much greater connection between “business” and “groups of people” than I have ever dared to dream of.  Here, success in business means the ability to feed your family, provide shelter, send your kids to school.  The two concepts are clearly related.

Ashley and I finished our first three-day business seminar today.  The women are so grateful for the knowledge. What seem to be basic business concepts to you and I are concepts these women have never heard of before.   — Tomorrow we will spend the day reviewing the records of the most advanced group I’ve met since I’ve been here. I’m really looking forward to it.  At first glance, I think the group might be strong enough to support a microfinance loan. They lack the ability to prepare a solid loan package — something I can certainly work with them on.

Tuesday we went to the orphanage that Daniel’s dad runs. What an awesome place. The orphanage takes care of 100 children – no easy feat. The children all seem to be well cared for. Many of them are dressed in rags. Daniel showed me an old box car filled with maize that they fed the children. Some of the ears were covered in mold. I enjoyed spending the day with the children and will certainly be back to visit.

I will post photos on Facebook when I can. I was hoping to today, but the internet is too slow.

Thought for the day: “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.”

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  1. By: David Kelch on October 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm      

    Kate, thanks so much for sharing your stories!

  2. By: LaDonna on October 27, 2009 at 2:38 am      

    You are doing great work!

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