PEACE CORPS - LESOTHO
After college, I joined Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small country landlocked by South Africa. I picked up Sesotho and lived in the rural community of Menkhoaneng, in the Leribe district, which is the home of King Moshoeshoe, founder of Lesotho.
My position was as a small business advisor to the regional council on how to turn the area into a tourist attraction. While I was there, however, I collaborated with host country nationals to brainstorm income-generating opportunities in rural Hlotse Valley. I worked with external organizations to explore water irrigation for improvement of agricultural production and helped refine ideas for a local agricultural training center as an educational alternative for youth. I also initiated project to train and support HIV/AIDS orphans and widows by establishing a community garden.