Twice a week, the women at the garden are offered, while being paid, to learn to read, count and write their names. Each with a small chalkboard to practice on, they went up in front of the class, to show us how they had learned to write their names. Literacy programs took on a new meaning for me as we listened to their pride. What struck me the most was the down to earth reasons they gave for learning. "So that they couldn't be cheated", "So they could sign their name instead of giving a thumb print". I'm awed by their courage and in the difference this garden has made in the lives of the community. Hope for the future. The simple things we take for granted, like being able to count.