The success of the soap company in Ningaia made us think we should reproduce the opportunities for the ladies in another village, without taking away income of course. So, in my “spread the love” campaign of trying to support equally all the villages in our area (despite the increased fuel costs), we decided that Nacatuco would be the lucky winners of the next opportunity.
After meeting with the chefe de aldeia, another whose waking moments are somewhat lacking even though he seems lots younger than the chefe in Guludo and so should not be quite so sleepy, he got together a group of enthusiastic ladies, some more meetings, meetings with the ladies to explain that this was not a salary, this was a opportunitry to set up a business, meetings with the Ningaia ladies to explain this would not compromise their business but create sisters for them to work with, and the final meeting we took a few of the Ningaia ladies to explain it all and make sure that the Nacatuco ladies had a suitable yard to work in.
We arrived yesterday, with all of the Ningaia ladies in the car, merrily singing away, it was pretty cool actually!
After very polite introductions where the ladies were very shy but stood up and introduced themselves to their new sisters, head of the Ningaia association, Laura set about demonstrating the soap making process to the Nacatuco ladies.
Once the demonstration was over, the ladies of Nacatuco made their own soap so we completed the day with 8 bars ready to dry and be sold. We spent a long time explaining the process of making business decisions, how and where to sell, dividing the villages up into areas for the groups and how thinking about supply of material.
So, 10 more ladies with an opportunity to make a bit of money to improve their lives, financially and with dignity. This is development.