StoveTeam Blog

10 Oct

Update from Nancy's Mexico Trip

I'm currently in Mexico City, and it's been a whirlwind of a trip.  I started a few days ago in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico where I met with and was hosted by members of Club Rotario Morelia Universidad.  I arrived in time for their Rotary meeting where we all re-connected with kisses and handshakes in the Mexican way.

The following day we met with a member of SEDESOL, the governmental agency charged with social and environmental projects and took him to Loma Caliente, the site of our newest factory, which is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs Morelia Universidad and Livermore Valley.  Eric and Deyanira, the factory owners from San Miguel de Allende, were there showing the factory members how to make Ecocina stoves.  It was so heartening to hear Eric and Deyanira, who in the past have been rather shy, confidently explaining the benefits of improved health and the improved environment.  I was so proud of them I nearly burst.  They explained how to make the stoves, their benefits, and how to go about selling them, and they didn't need any prodding from me.  The Rotarians were also impressed and also let me know they had already received orders for more than 400 stoves.  To add to our excitement, a local "gringa" with significant international development experience showed up on the scene and also offered her help in stove promotion in the villages.  What a day!

Upon leaving Morelia, I arrived in Mexico City and this morning met with Mario from CEMEX, the largest producer of cement and building materials in Latin America.  We are in the process of establishing a further collaboration with details to be worked out in the next few weeks, and the meeting was very productive, so again I'm thrilled.

This afternoon I met with Ashoka for an interview, and I'll be joining them for supper tonight.  The adventure continues, so watch for further developments as I continue on to the Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa and then to Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas before joining the volunteer team in Guatemala.

-Nancy Hughes 
StoveTeam President