Monday, December 31, 2012
Quote of the Day: “It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep” -- Cowboy Proverb
When we decided to give goats to struggling, fatherless families instead of Christmas gifts for each other, we had not thought about the families just selling the goats immediately to get quick money. This is a real problem here--the mindset that today is everything and there will be no tomorrow. People here will always take ten dollars right now rather than five dollars a week for a year in spite of the huge difference in value. There are folks who understand the concept and they are the merchants and richer folks, but when you are dirt poor, you want to get what you want right now. This isn't all that different from a lot of people in the U.S., but at least here there are no credit cards and second mortgages to get them in real trouble. Happily, Shaban, being part of this culture, explained to the families that they were part of a bigger picture. At the end of one year, after the goats had had a couple of kids each, each family had to give back one of the young goats to be given to another needy family. This they understood and were more than willing to keep the goats instead of selling them because they were now part of something good and were able to give to others themselves. They were "paying it forward" and they liked that. Shaban is just absolutely invaluable at times. This was one of them.