The Woman Behind the Goods
Rollins School of Public Health
Tourists from around the world skip down the cobblestone streets of Antigua during New Years to purchase adventure tours and handmade souvenirs. During my time there, I loved engaging with the lively local vendors who were curious to know as much about me as I wanted to know about them. This beautiful woman was fascinated that I was Hindu, and that I could speak (and use!) conversational Spanish. I shared lunch with her that day. She was happy to answer my questions about what life was like for her. In return, I told her about life as an American- Indian student. She held my hand and told me it had been a while since “someone cared about the woman behind the goods”. Isn’t half the work in global health about connecting with and learning from the people that you want to support?