|Pedro, center, joins members of the village of San Agustín and Life Church|
of Colorado at the start of a community partnership project.
We’re wrapping up a meeting in the UMF office; Pedro has just given an update on a
development project in one of the villages. He’d met with the community leaders and
coordinated with the engineer to begin the next phase of the project. The village’s
project committee had a few questions for Pedro as well, which we will discuss with the
project partner in the U.S. Through Pedro, and other members of the UMF staff, the
communities in La Unión and the U.S. stay connected on community projects and also
on a personal level, even though they are not able to be physically in the same place.
|Pedro, right, takes notes in|
La Cuesta in preparation for
a community project.
Community development is by no means straight forward; promoting sustainability
and positive growth requires planning, adaptability, and above all collaboration. As
such, Uniόn MicroFinanza intentionally involves community members and community
partners in every step of development projects. To coordinate this collaboration and
communication is UMF employee José Pedro Hernández Tejada. Because of his
rapport within the communities and experience with social promotion, Pedro, a 28-year-old La Uniόn native, has been irreplaceable since he was hired two years ago. The people in the communities know Pedro well, and the respect they hold for each other helps them reach agreements.
Without Pedro, community partnership projects would not run nearly as smooth.
Coming from a background of small-business (his family owns a small store in La
Unión), Pedro is extremely organized and attentive to detail. He plans and helps direct
meetings among community leaders to move forward on community projects. He travels
to the communities to see how projects are advancing and take note of any of the
community’s concerns or ideas. He is truly the link that connects communities in the
U.S. and in La Unión.
|Pedro helps coordinate a water access|
project in San Agustín.
As much as Uniόn MicroFinanza relies on the work and relationships established by
Pedro, he also relies on UMF for his well-being and future plans. Recently engaged to
be married, Pedro is looking forward to providing for his new family through his work
with UMF. Your generous donations to the organization support important community
development projects, and they also support the people who make these projects
happen. Find out more on our website about becoming a donor
. Thank you for your partnership
with Unión MicroFinanza and the people of Honduras!