Visiting Cajola was a humbling experience. We were able to meet people who I felt I shared similar ideologies with. Our presenter was a young man by the name of Eli. He was most definitely inspiring; more or less about our age and an activist for his community he is a student and an optimist. Never had I seen so much hope in a young person’s eyes. Eli is studying anthropology but is very invested in educational matters as well. That is something we shared, we talked about education and the vitality of it. I found myself coming back and reflecting on my ideas and then his, which were ended up being very parallel. I enjoyed having met Eli and picking his brain he was definitely an inspiring individual.
The women in charge of the chicken farm were also motivational. Doña Juana especially, she taught us how they take care of the chickens and how through their failures they’ve gotten up and fought back and reinitiated the will to continue with their chicken farm despite hardships. Doña Juana was a very strong woman and demonstrated it with her natural leadership abilities and her knowledge about the business. She also demonstrated this passion and fire of wanting to continue with her chicken farm business.
Cajola taught me how to fight: with passion and hope. The hardships the community has gone through have been difficult but it hasn’t stopped them. Cajola is an awe inspiring community that stood up from their knees and fought to stay up and though they have issues everyone does and this inspirational community has a lot to offer. It was a humbling experience and I felt I learned so much. I was honored to speak to people like Eli and Doña Juana among other inspirational figures from the community.