Posted by: cgross1 | January 8, 2011

Settling In!!

Hello to everyone in New Mexico!! I have been very busy getting to know my community and my association at my new home. I am working with an incredible association of women who produce high quality shea butter. I have been learning the process quite in-depth over the last three weeks, as it is rather complex, and very labor-intensive. The women in my association are amazing and incredibly hard-working. I also have a great community to work with. They are very youth-focused and education-oriented, which is awesome. There are a lot of secondary projects that I will be able to do during my service here.

My house is very nice, even though there is no electricity or running water. I am really enjoying the simplicity of it, and the nicely uncluttered living space! There is a market every three days in my village where I can buy fresh produce (locally grown, of course), some fruits, but mostly vegetables. I can also find cooking and living supplies, cloth for clothes-making, and cold drinks!!

Anyways, just wanted to check in and say hi to everyone. Look for photos of my site and house to come in the coming weeks. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Years! Have an awesome 2011, and I will see everyone soon!!

Until next time,



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