We arrived in Lima a week and half ago on Thursday, stayed the night and then took a long bus ride to Trujillo. We had to learn really quickly to watch out for the taxis and their driving; they are out to kill! Since arriving we've had the chance to learn the ropes with the finances and have a chance to visit many of the loan recipients.
It's impressive to see those who have had successful businesses. Bertha, for example, has been able to greatly improve the quality of life for her and her family through her internet cafe. Before starting the business she didn't have much of a roof on their home. Now, because of the money she has earned from the cafe she has been able to get a new roof and improve her home quite a bit. She is well on her way to pay off her loan.
Carmen, who makes clothing, has also been doing very well. She seemed excited about the contracts that she has for several schools throughout the area. It is great to see that her hard work is really paying off.
Because there is a lot to harvest right now, we won't be beginning classes with those that are associated with Danper until sometime next month. That gives us a great chance to study and really get to know the material that we will be teaching. Also we will have an opportunity to practice it so we can run a high-quality class and make sure the future students can become prepared to run a successful business.We also have spent a bit of our time crunching numbers on Excel and making sure all the records are correct.
We have had a lot of great chances to get to know many cool things found here in Trujillo! We did a tour last weekend of some of the most famous ruins here. Chan-Chan and Huaca de la Luna were both awesome.
Morgan and I (Brad) also discovered that one of our new friends, Patty, is a painter and has an exhibit of her artwork.