With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the Africa trip still fresh in my mind, there is so much running through my mind to be thankful for.
First and foremost, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel with Sister Toni and Microfinancing Partners of Africa to Kenya and Uganda this past October. We were able to see firsthand how microfinancing has assisted so many groups and individuals alike to bring themselves out of poverty.
If I were to be asked to pick one word to sum up the entire two-week trip, it would be – inspired. Inspired by the MPA organization, inspired by the local members and partners in Africa working hand in hand with the communities, and most of all inspired by the people. Microloans create an opportunity for these groups and individuals to change their lives and it is clear to see from everyone that we met, that is exactly what they did. Even more heartening is the fact that not only are they driven with such passion to better their lives but also to help and encourage those around them to do the same. Not once did I come across anyone that had an “every man for himself” mentality. Quite the opposite. Often times we would hear from those with success stories how excited they were to tell their friends and neighbors about the small businesses they were able to start or the land they were able to purchase. They encourage others to join their group or start their own. They turned what was once just a hope of possibility into the excitement of reality and their energy is infectious. Their success is the motivation that is needed to help others believe they can also do the same.
This trip truly was a gift and I’m so excited to see how MPA continues to grow and I absolutely cannot wait to go back!
– Jessamyn Trocio