She could not walk away
Short Stories to illustrate the principles
Amporn wanted to be a successful mobiliser. She was highly motivated, and paid close attention during her training. What she did not know was that the village of Utopia was close to impossible to mobilise. Powerful people in the village had vested interests in keeping things the way they were because they benefited from the corruption and inequality.
Members of the community did not believe they could do things for themselves, and were waiting for a donor to do everything for them. Disease was rampant and that made the villagers weak and incapable of much exertion. All five factors of poverty contributed to making the village so mobilization resistant that the very best and experienced mobiliser could not move it. Amporn was so eager for success that she was not willing to walk away. She blamed herself for failure, when it was the village itself wherein the problems lay. She needed a supervisor who knew the situation to meet with her and explain that it would be better to try some where else.
Note: These stories are based on actual events. The names of people and places have been changed for the sake of anonymity.
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