Winter Break Trip Day 1 By: Grace Jenkins

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After a night of much needed rest, there was no better way to wake up then to a scrumptious breakfast prepared by our gracious and genuine housekeeper María! What was planned for the day was a historical tour of the history of Nicaragua. Franciso, our history tour guide took us throughout the building where they took congress members when Somoza was assassinated. He also took us up to the rooftop where we could see the entire city, which was breathtaking. It truly was an inspiring recount of their past seeing what they have been through, and how they are dealing with the repercussions of people’s actions, especially those of their dictators. After the tour, we got to walk through the town some and headed out to Roger Deshon, where we previously have given out the micro loans to. While walking into the town we were kindly greeted by Guillermo the town chief and children awaiting our return. It was visible that Guillermo truly cares about his community, and feels like the micro loans we have funded have been a huge blessing catalyzing growth and spurring opportunity for the people. After taking with him we realized the extent of work we needed to do, mostly in the form of locating people and talking with them. After heading to El Carbón for dinner we headed back to the house we conveniently lost the location of and after went straight to work researching past micro loan applications and talking about the next steps. To make up from the lost time flying here we needed to get up early to talk to make the most of each day. We have a great team, and I feel so blessed to be here right now sharing our stories to you!

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