Anyway, the families were happy to see me and happy to see the shoes. There is a rule of "one pair of shoes per person in the family," but I just kept recalling the story of the boy who realized that hard work does have rewards, and I didn't deny them a pair of tennis shoes and a pair of dress shoes. I took my entire shoe stock out to Solola, and Handsome figures we brought back only 25% of it. The rule mostly exists so that families don't just buy a lot of shoes and then go and sell them elsewhere for actual money. Additionally, it takes a long time (and a fair amount of money) to get that many shoes bought and down to Guatemala, and my mother (predominantly) spends a LOT of time trying to get the sizes and styles which are most needed.
|Some of the women look through the last remaining shoes in the box|
|Their purchases will be noted in Annalisa's binder|