As a writer on HOPE’s communications staff, I came to India searching for one particular story. It went something like this: Lower-caste woman grows up feeling worthless, with no hope for a better future. Through our partner, she learns she is created in God’s image and comes to know Christ. With her newfound hope, she saves money in a group, starts a small business, and is freed from the usurious interest rates of moneylenders.
Now, all those things are happening in BIG ways here in India. In every group we visited, women said they feel free because they have options besides moneylenders. I witnessed joy and laughter and dignity. One woman I met (am I allowed to have favorites?) told me that now their group wants to “win the world.” She then told me they would come to the U.S. to show me how it’s done.
But I was here to help script a video, and I wanted to find that perfect story in quotable sound bites. I needed a simple, uncomplicated narrative of change that would fit into the 3-4 minutes we were allotted to grab attention from busy viewers.