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Mission Trip News
HAPPENINGS IN 2019
We are going to Bas Pinal January 9-16. We were there last May and are working with the village on their broom making business. We found out that they have been doing this for 100 years. They just need help taking it to the next level.They are having to walk 12 hours to get the plant material to make their brooms and after making them they have to carry the brooms on their head to market.
After we met with about 55 of the people from this village we had them form a 5 person committee to manage the business.
We have now bought them 6 horses to help with the transportation of plant material and getting the brooms to market. We have gotten seed from the area where they harvest the plant material and seed from Montgomery Botanical Gardens in Miami. We have planted them on our campus in Bas Pinal. They are supposed to take 3-4 months to germinate but ours germinated in 7 weeks! Praise God! The plants are now ready to be transplanted. We have been sent more seed from the center in Miami and we will be planting these when we go back in January.
Our needs are for a used Daihatsu truck to help them get more plant material than what they can carry on their heads and it would also get more brooms to market. We need funding for micro-loans so the people can get a start to be able to buy more plant material. Right now some of the ladies tell me they have to sell a chicken to have money to buy the material. I cannot imagine walking 12 hours one way just to get enough material that I can carry on my head! We have given a small micro loan to the older women who cannot walk anymore but can still make brooms.It pays for public transportation to bring them the material and then they can make the brooms at home.
Any help with this project would be most appreciated!
We also have started a sewing school with 30 people taking lessons. We have 7 machines, some are treadle and some electric. We have a generator that runs the electric machines. Once the people learn how they can come to the school and sew on their own. We are so happy about this school!