Appar­ent­ly one way that devel­op­ment work can start is with a wad of cash. This is Micha and me mak­ing the trans­fer of funds for the effi­cient wood-burn­ing cook­stove project. Ah, noth­ing like get­ting a few thou­sand dol­lars in denom­i­na­tions of $5’s, $10’s and $50’s, or their peso equiv­a­lents. Pret­ty excit­ing and a bit scary, and I am glad to have it out of my hand­bag. Although, main­ly it was just excit­ing. Start­ing the project and hope­ful­ly order­ing the stoves tomor­row will also be exciting.

Just to be clear, this is not my mon­ey. These funds are from our USAID-fund­ed Small Project Assis­tance Grant which will go to the pur­chase of 36 effi­cient wood-burn­ing stoves. Through the vagaries of the Mex­i­can bank­ing sys­tem and the project orga­ni­za­tion, it was eas­i­est to sep­a­rate the funds by with­draw­ing the entire sum in cash and deposit­ing them into their own shiny, brand-new bank account.