Jackie said to me, “Jessy, this is just one of the many challenges we face in the field,” as if to reassure me.
I can see the whole team as I am entering the field, they are protective, so very welcoming and warm! Helping me over mud holes, not realizing I am a tractor–driving farm girl that has been walking in mud all my life —but I give them the chance to care for me and appreciate these gestures, and count it as a sign that these are the most conscious, caring, wonderful teammates to be in the field with. I see them doing this with their clients (farmers), the farmer’s children, and even the animals on the farm.
She is known here and welcome. (And I think to myself, WOW! Jackie is already even going door to door, this is amazing! It’s the best way to market biogas, good job. I feel encouraged to support her in closing a sale that day —if she even needs it, haha).
We see a lady, colorful skirt bending, smiling and welcoming us into the compound as she scrubs clothing in a soapy green basin. Jackie dips her hands in to wash the mud off her face and clothes while she exchanges with a now friend.