Ping & Maria
Let me tell you a story about Ping.
In Ping’s world, it’s 10am. Shanghai. This morning he rolled out of bed. Had a stretch. Jumped in the shower. Made his way downstairs for breakfast with his kid. Kissed his wife goodbye. And rode to work. A manufacturing facility that builds bicycle components.
We’ll come back to Ping.
In the Google Maps of your mind zoom away from Shanghai and turn your attention to Central America.
Double-click. Double-click again.
And zoom into Nicaragua and here is where I’ll tell you a story about Maria.
In Maria’s world, it’s 8pm. She’s a 17 yr. old girl. 1 of 3 daughters to a single mother and lives in the dusty countryside on a farm, 45 minutes outside of the capital. Today Maria did her farm chores, went to class, finished her homework, had dinner with her mom and sisters and is just about to climb into bed. Tonight she goes to bed full of hope that today she’s moved that much closer to her goal of becoming a veterinarian. A hope that was absent last year.
What’s the difference between this year and last?
A part of it is attributable to this simple piece of technology. Made by Ping in Shanghai, this bicycle wheel is a critical component of a homemade, automated water pump that brings much needed water to Maria’s family farm each day. This wheel helps set Maria’s farm apart from her neighbours. Where their neighbours struggle to draw water from the ground, the automated pump on Maria’s land keeps a steady stream of water flowing to the produce and livestock, allowing her family to concentrate their energy on other items. This means they get to market with more produce and more consistently raising much needed funds to help make the dream of becoming a veterinarian a reality. This simple piece of technology is a component of offering pride and hope.
So here we have this man in Shanghai and this 17 yr. old girl in Nicaragua connected. It’s amazing really. How we’re all connected. And perhaps unknowingly, like Ping, contributing to each other’s prosperity.