One of the reasons why I love working with the Peace Corps is the amount of respect that one receives overseas. After I ran into the Governor of the Adamawa region during a women's entrepreneurship event, he requested that I set up a meeting to discuss my development projects.
When I showed up to his office, there were actually 10 people in line in front of me (appointments regularly overlap or become cancelled due to "African time"), so I waited patiently. As the Governor walked out, everyone stood up and he stated that I was a Peace Corps member and he had to meet with me first.
The conversation consisted of updates from my projects (see "My Peace Corps Projects" to the right) and how development is a slow process, but a possible one. It was a quick half-an-hour, but ended with him complimenting my work and the Peace Corps as he gave me a Chinese fan as a present!
The Governor of the Adamawa and me in his official office
One of the projects discussed during our conversation involving a women's micro-credit cooperative that I organized. In their first year, they received a 20% ROI!