Now that I have been here for some time, getting to know the ladies and understanding not only their work lives, but also their personal lives, by going to visit their homes and having casual conversation over tea and biscuits, I have truly experienced how much development has come from Fair Trade. Since I never saw what life was like before, I obviously can’t paint a picture for you reader, but what I can say is that I’ve felt the emotion behind the stories these women so graciously were willing to share with me. I’ve felt their defeat but was lifted once more by their tales of independence and success. I’ve bit back tears when they are speaking of life before they had the opportunity of work. I’ve beamed with them as they proudly display their success and their hope for the future.
The success here isn’t like the success back home. When we think of success, we think of having a good office job with a nice house, nice car, latest fashion, and happy family. When the women here think of success, they think of having their kids, especially their girls, finishing school. They think of being able to purchase the kind of food they like and the clothes they think are pretty. They think of eating a balanced meal and a healthy lifestyle. They think of having confidence in knowing they have control over their lives. These women know they are successful when more people start working because they are jealous of the working women’s lives improving. Their meaning of success is so much more than money – it’s a way of life that wouldn’t be possible if not for the work that developed in their community.
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