The next day, we walked just down the hill to visit a set of ponds owned by 100 people. All of these individuals had received the seminar training, but only two received the $25 tool subsidy. With $50 in tools (a mixture of 8-10 shovels, machetes, or hoes) and whatever other tools they already had among them, they constructed or refurbished 133 ponds! I had to clarify several times to be sure something wasn't getting screwed up in translation--133 ponds! with $50 in tools! That's crazy.
We had a meeting with this fish farming group that day to hear their challenges and bring encouragement. It was the first time it hit me that, sure, I am part of the reason that this has happened, but it has been the leadership of Emmanuel Dole and the motivation of the fish farmers themselves that has brought this success. I'm thrilled to be a part of a solution, but glad that I'm not the driving force. ...They are.