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Shantipath Peace Centres

Client – The SEWA Shantipath Program Background – The Shantipath Program was born out of SEWA’s relief work in response to the Gujarat riots of 2002. Though the cause of the riots is still debated the riots were based in … Continue reading

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Expectations and results

Deciding to go to India was not difficult. The excitement overwhelmed any fear. Everyone who talked about their own experience in India talked about the abrupt difference between slums and extravagance, the smells, the small amount of personal space, and … Continue reading

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Padding Freedom for Women

One of the things that fascinated us the most during our trip to the Visavadi Center was their sanitary napkin production. There, several women manage a process that sources the raw materials, operate a machine to cut, arrange, stuff and … Continue reading

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Communication Challenges: Our Major Takeways

Communication on teams can be tricky enough when you’re with coworkers or fellow students here in Seattle. But add in cultural and language barriers and suddenly you find yourself on a steep learning curve.  As we, the SEWA Manager Ni … Continue reading

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This is what innovation looks like

I often joke about MBA buzzwords — strategy, breakeven, decks, ambiguity, impact, intrepreneurship — but the one I hear most is “innovation.” I tend to think of innovation as a new piece of technology or a scientific breakthrough. In actuality, … Continue reading

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Hariyali

During fall quarter we began preparing for our trip to India to work on our assigned projects for the Self Employed Women’s Association.  I was assigned to the Hariyali team.  The Hariyali project had recently shifted focus from providing cookstoves … Continue reading

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The Next Step In Linking Livelihoods

The Shantipath Peace Centres came about as a result of the 2002 riots, which ravaged the city of Ahmedabad and left thousands of women homeless, widowed, and without an income. What started out as an effort to rebuild and move … Continue reading

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Empowering Women in Rajasthan

When being told to “be flexible” while working in India, our team did not realize how quickly we would need to adhere to this. After spending a day in Ahmedabad, we set out for the Dungarpur district in Rajasthan in … Continue reading

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Village visit

My group is working with the Hariyali team. Our project is to do an analysis on whether to use solar power or biomass gasification technology for supplying small rural villages with electricity. Anurag, our manager, and his nephew, Aditya, took … Continue reading

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Kashiben Case Study

Our visit to Kashiben is our last visit of the day, and our final visit after three days of field work. The sun is sinking lower in the sky as our car bumps down the dirt road, passing rows of … Continue reading

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