After living in Nicaragua and El Salvador for almost 10 weeks, our project has finally come to a conclusion. The Emerging Enterprise Program (EEP) was a
once-in-a-lifetime experience that helped me develop from both a personal and professional standpoint.
Having the opportunity to interview over 30 organizations taught me invaluable lessons about meetings, interviews, and time management. I was also able to
strengthen my Spanish language skills. Becoming more conversationally fluent allowed me to meet many locals and create friendships that will last beyond my
time in El Salvador.
To finish our trip to Central America, we had the chance to visit a few PIMCO Foundation-funded cacao plantations in Nicaragua. The success of the project
couldn’t be more apparent; the cacao trees are already yielding a significant amount of fruit, and the farmers had overwhelmingly positive feedback about
both TechnoServe and the PIMCO Foundation.
When I applied to EEP at the beginning of this year, I was seeking to participate in a program that would allow me to learn about new cultures, challenge
myself in new ways, and most importantly, give back to others. I’m happy to say EEP exceeded my expectations in every way, and provided me with a new
perspective that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It’s rewarding to know that our project will continue to live on with the help of
TechnoServe, and that our analysis may help coffee producers in El Salvador for years to come.
I’m very appreciative of all of the work done by the PIMCO Foundation, and am honored to have seen first-hand the material impact it is making on the lives
of many across the globe.