A Reminder About the Importance of Community and Family
I’ll be honest, I didn’t truly get excited for my first “7 Continents in 7 Years” trip until I landed in Portrero Platanal, Nicaragua and put two feet on the ground. At the time we arrived, I immediately started to spot differences between the states and Nicaragua with regards to culture, habitat and environment.
I remember trekking up the mountainside and being struck with just how rural the area truly was. You can’t help but notice the remoteness of the village; even once we reached the community, the villagers had a great deal of privacy because of the great length between homes. Despite this geographic separation, the villagers were still bonded together as if they were one large family.
Once we reached the top of the mountain, we got to meet with the folks in the community who were very quiet and observational in their behavior. They looked at us—these strangers coming into their community—and you could tell they were wondering what work we would complete in their home. Slowly, they started to engage with us, especially the kids who were extremely playful and imaginative. What struck me was the fact that even though they were children, they handled themselves with a great deal more responsibility and self sufficiency than children you would see in the states.
The more I got to immerse myself in the community, the clearer it became that it wasn’t terribly long ago that many families, perhaps in other parts of the world, lived like this in some way—in remote villages with no prospect of an energy grid supply and poor power. Many still live like this today. Granted we as a society have evolved, changed our perspective and grown in different ways, but this way of living is something that is still very much a reality. That was an incredibly profound sentiment that I took away from the trip.
You know most people go into the direct selling business for the opportunity to embrace a business model that could be life-changing, not only for themselves but for their family from a financial and personal and professional development perspective. But the minute you walk into a community like Portrero Platanal, you are reminded that the only thing that truly matters at the end of the day is family. Anyone who goes on a “7 Continents in 7 Years” journey is reminded of this. The journey reinforces to all of us of the significance of community and family.
It’s incredible to work for a company like Viridian that remains committed to global stewardship. Sure we are a business at the end of the day, but what makes us so unique and so much more valuable than other energy and MLM companies, is that we actually take the time to put in effort towards strengthening bonds that people form between each other. We are not just focused on living in a way that is environmentally sustainable, but in a manner that is personally sustainable as well.
My name is Sorba Brima and I am Generation V!
In March 2015, Viridian traveled to the breathtakingly beautiful and still mostly undeveloped “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” To complete our most ambitious project to date, we hiked to the small agricultural community of Portrero Platanal, an off-the-grid village that’s inaccessible by car. With the help of the nonprofit organization GRID Alternatives, we were able to install clean, reliable solar systems on the homes of 40 families, bringing the opportunity for a better life to an entire community.
Donna & Kevin French
Lisa Pierre Louis
Jenna & Matt Stockwell