Posted by: cgross1 | March 21, 2011

Sand People, but No Jedi Knights

So I don’t know why it took me this long to make this connection, since I have been exposed to this particular situation essentially since I arrived five months ago (going on 6!), but this just struck me recently. Donkeys here don’t make the expected hee-haw sound that they do in the children’s books. Instead, they have this minute-long uhh… bray that sounds like the Sand People from Star Wars. Seriously, it sounds exactly like them, only in slow-mo. It’s really funny to listen to now, because every time I hear a donkey (5 to 10 times a day/night) I think of Star Wars, which is awesome. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where George Lucas found a lot of his sound effects for those movies…

I’m super excited to be starting some work with my association. In the last couple of weeks I have been conducting needs assessments with the officers and women in my association, trying to figure out what it is they would like to see improved within the association. It’s a rather extensive list, but it gives me a really good starting point for projects with them. I think, from what I have seen, finding new clients/markets is going to be at the top of the list. Of course, no problem is an island: if they do have more clients, they will need to produce more butter, which wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that they can’t make it from mid February through the end of October, because it’s too hot for the butter to form correctly. So that presents the needed project to either find a cold water source (to help the butter form), or a temperature controlled production environment, which is even more complex/expensive. It’s really interesting, trying to sort out which issues are connected, and which ones the association can tackle. I’m sure that we’ll get everything worked out though – my association is really enthusiastic and devoted!

On another note, one of the pigs in my courtyard just had baby piggies, and they’re so tiny and pink and cute!! They kind of just wander around, squealing and looking adorable – all seven of them in a tiny little pack. Check out pictures of the cute piggies in the photo gallery!

Until next time,




  1. Six months…already…WOW.
    They can’t produce anything from mid-Feb thru October? What do they do during the off-season?

    • I know – moving right along – only about a year and a half left! Anyways, right now the women have no work during the summer, which is part of the problem. Hopefully I will be able to help them do something about that in the near future.

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