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  • paula lombardo

    I LOVE your comment about how results toward poverty alleviation can be a "difficult thing to measure, but the richness and depth that is revealed through storytelling is unmatched by any survey, bar graph, or statistic." I think often time the Western world enters into "other" worlds that they want to "fix," and get bogged down by quantification and statistics. But the reality is that we all part of ONE world, and we can only solve problems together by speaking with, and more importantly, listening to the people whose lives are most affected, the people in the trenches. By recognizing, and thus, empowering from the grassroots level, and then sharing their inspirational narratives, we are more likely to achieve a deeper connection with each other which can move us toward greater equality and sustainability for all. Thanks for sharing! Xoxo

    • Jen Gurecki

      Hi Paula, I would agree with you that we are quite fixated on metrics. And although I do believe that evaluation is critical in determining what works and what doesn't, I also believe that we are progressing down a path where success is determined by numbers that often times reflect financial gain (not on the part of the women living in poverty, but those working with them to reduce it). I agree that connecting with people at a deeper level, looking past imaginary lines we call boundaries, and providing opportunities for those living in poverty to demonstrate their acumen will lead to a more just and sustainable planet.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    These are amazing. Thank you for sharing your project. I think that reading these captions are really wonderful- you really see universal themes. Would love to know if you ever want to expand this into Zawadisha's work. It might be a nice exercise!

    • Jen Gurecki

      Thank you Alessandra. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with these women and share their stories and photos, and that their work resonates with people so many years later. You bring up an interesting question -- I had not thought about doing this again, I suppose because I've already done it. But the process of writing about the HerStory project has reminded me that it is such a valuable tool. I can see how it would benefit both the current members of Zawadisha, as well as the organization, so you might just see something in the near future from us!