All day, prior to our first business development class with the women in Teotitlán, I had butterflies in my stomach. Kevin Adler (another volunteer) and I had been preparing for this for several weeks. We had met with Carlos, the En Vía director, first discussing our interest in doing the training, and second, discussing the research I had done on various training models for microfinance programs. Carlos decided that we should invite 10 of the more experienced women in Teotitlán (those who had received 3 or more loans). We decided that we would meet with them for just a few weeks at first, in order to gather information from them as to what kind of training they need in order to be more successful in their businesses. We also wanted to get them to just talk about their businesses, so they could begin to help and support each other more.
We arrived at Enadina’s house a few minutes early, with a basic plan and a large pad of butcher paper. The women began to arrive slowly. At first we only had 5 of the 10 invited women, and thought that was pretty good considering this was a new idea and the women didn’t really know what to expect (and neither did we!). Then a few more arrived and we had our full contingency. But then a few more and a few more came, and luckily Enadina had plenty of chairs. We’re not totally sure why the extra women showed up, but they certainly seemed eager to find out what we have to offer!