What do you have in your house?


Pichilín, September 19, 2016
Leanna Buisman, Seed participant

We often dwell on the things in our lives that we don’t have. We think a lot about the things we want in our lives, and how we can get those things. However, it is important to take account of what we do have in our lives. Often times, we are more blessed and full of riches then we think we are.

Last week, Sembrandopaz held a workshop with the community members of Pichilin. The objective of the workshop was to help Pichilin identify what its necessities and strengths are and how the two can align together to help the community move forward. Ricardo, the director of Sembrandopaz, asked the community to make a list of its necessities. Ricardo stressed the fact that when we talk about necessities we are referring to things that we are currently missing in our lives. The community made a wide range and long list of necessities that included potable water, a cultural center, loans for small farmers, garbage service, access to internet, a store and more work opportunities.


After making the list of necessities, Ricardo read a fitting story from the Bible. The story is from 2 Kings chapter 4 called ‘The Widow’s Oil’. The story is about a widow who is worried about paying her debts after the passing of her husband. The prophet Elisha asks the widow what she has in her house and she replies saying ‘nothing, except a little oil’. By the power of God, Elisha uses the little oil to fill enough empty jars to pay off her debts. After reading the story, Ricardo asked the community to make a list of what the community ‘has in their house’. This list was different then the first one. This list was much longer and included things that did not have monetary value. For example, someone wrote ´artisanal talent’ and another person wrote ‘happiness’. It was beautiful and encouraging to watch the community take note of what they do have and not focus on what they don’t have. When they did this, they were reminded that Pichilin is a community that is full of potential, richness and beauty.

After the community had identified their necessities and what they do have in Pichilin- their richness, they were asked what they can they do now. Though this question was not fully answered at the end of the workshop, the community was able to start brainstorming ideas of how they can use what they already have to move forward. For example, two ideas that were put forward were to find larger markets to sell the products they already have and the other was to start small businesses.


This workshop in Pichilin was a great reminder to continuously take note of what we do have in our lives and to be thankful for what we have been blessed with. Beyond this, the workshop encouraged people to think how they can use what they do have ‘in their house’ to move forward and achieve the things they aspire to have in their lives.