Sometimes it’s difficult to say NO
In dealing with our beneficiaries and especially women, we come across several difficult and challenging scenarios that make it very difficult to say N0 even in the eye of breaking laid down rules of operations. I would share two of such stories with you.
In the first year of our small loans module in Nansoni, on the day set for payback of loans, one beneficiary failed in coming with her monies in the meeting and when it got to her turn she called me and said she couldn’t pay because she had used the money to buy Anti-Snake Vaccine (ASV) for the son who had been beaten by snake and needed to take the vaccine urgently, it was so emotional and difficult for me to say NO to her in the circumstance given.
In another situation, a beneficiary sent the tractor to her field to plough and the drivers and agents were reluctant to get it ploughed because it was a new land and a lot of thumps (small trees) in the field, this obviously posed a big threat to the tractor and they refused for fear of break-down or getting a flat tyre in such fields. The woman approached me when a just arrived and said she lost the husband, and the junior brothers had taken all the lands from her, this very field was the only field available and if she didn’t get the services, surviving the year ahead would be very difficult. We eventually ploughed the field and got a flat tyre. Sorry, I couldn’t say NO when she approached me.