What do you think of when you think of popcorn? Going to a movie theater and lathering it with butter (pre-COVID of course)? A quiet night in with a glass of wine? A man named Orville who wears thick glasses? Stringing it together and decorating the tree?
For the most part, you probably associate popcorn with fun, laughter, or maybe indifference. Rarely do we stop and think about the financial impact popcorn can have. At least I don’t, anyway.
I want to share with you a story about a woman named Patricia. Patricia was part of our first Women’s Empowerment Program that ended this past May. She is hard-working, diligent, and committed to learning and growing her business. Through the program, she invested and started selling roasted peanuts and popcorn in her community. She had to overcome a few obstacles, but she was diligent through them all.
Zambia, until recently, was going through a major drought. Because of this, Patricia wasn’t able to buy the popcorn maize that she needed to sell her product. She knew she had a loan to repay, so she was wise with her resources and persistent in finding maize for her business. She was eventually able to get what she needed to start selling popcorn again! Through her hard work and perseverance, she was able to pay back her micro-loan in full and is now in the next step of our program which involves receiving a larger loan to continue to develop her business.
This is part of the impact I will have when I move to Zambia. I will be able to use my degree in business and my experiences in the States, to help teach women like Patricia business skills which allows them to become financially independent. I hope the next time you open a bag of popcorn, that it reminds you of Patricia and the ways in which God can use something ordinary, to make something extraordinary.