Although it has been a couple of months since our return from the rural village of El Llano, it seems like just yesterday we were riding
down to the city via guagua to gather materials for the bakery business. Reflecting upon our project, we can really see the progress made.
To help the community, we focused our efforts on two different projects, the computer literacy
classes and the bakery business.
Before our arrival, the bakery business was merely an idea shared by some of the young women in the village. None of the girls knew how to bake, let alone carry out a successful small business. Through our business coaching and with a couple of baking lessons, Sabrozzi took off. They catered for the preschool graduation, and after we left, for the student center’s summer class lunches.
We also taught computer literacy classes and focused on teaching our students the uses of Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. In their final assignment, our students were able to apply their skills by constructing a professional resume. The computer literacy classes also aided the bakery business. They are now able to calculate their budget and profits through the use of spreadsheets.
We have kept in touch with some of the bakery’s members. Despite a decrease in its employees, Sabrozzi is still going strong. The people who really want to make the business successful are doing so and carrying out their vision.
As they say in a song that became our Domincan Anthem, “Yo no se ingles pero te digo bye”
Jackie and Alexis