"Development Is Down This Road"

by Abigail C. Aguirre

Won the Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award in 1992.

Peace Corps writing and remembering doesn’t get much better than this.
— John Coyne, Editor, Peace Corps Writers
 Switching out my old yellow Suzuki for a red Yamaha DT.

Switching out my old yellow Suzuki for a red Yamaha DT.

You can read it online in: Peace Corps Worldwide or Peace Corps Writers

It was also published in several anthologies and magazines:

  1. To Touch the World, US Peace Corps, 1995
  2. The Funniest Job You'll Ever Love, National Council RPCVs Inc, April 1993 
  3. World View Magazine, National Council RPCVs Inc, Fall 1992; 
  4. Slant Magazine, Columbia University Press, Fall 1991 Vol 3.1. 

These pictures relate directly to the story:

  Eugenie, my wonderful Cameroonian co-worker, and the yellow Suzuki.

Eugenie, my wonderful Cameroonian co-worker, and the yellow Suzuki.

  "They unknowingly introduce me to the process: lye, blanched palm oil, and three hours of stirring."

"They unknowingly introduce me to the process: lye, blanched palm oil, and three hours of stirring."

  "I will say back home: 'And this was the day we made soap!'"

"I will say back home: 'And this was the day we made soap!'"

 The dreaded swamp.

The dreaded swamp.