Monthly Archives: December 2012

Realities of India

Being in India has been quite a drastic change from our lush living in Seattle. Team Gitanjali experienced a lot of differences in the culture and way of life here in India. Due to the nature of our project, we … Continue reading

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RUDI – Meet the Rudibens

The RUDI team continues to be dazzled by new adventures in Gugarat. Over the past week, Kris, Laura, Peter and I have been chauffeured all over the state by our new friend Rupesh and our faithful driver Shureyas – south … Continue reading

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Demistifying Technology

I was completely intrigued by the idea of the use of computers in the villages, and what a focus group would be like. Turned out, it wasn’t drastically different from what we have back home, besides the fact that it … Continue reading

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Visavdi CLBRC

On Saturday, December 15, our team got the opportunity to visit an existing Community Learning Business Resource Center (CLBRC) in Visavdi. This was our first time visiting an operating CLBRC since being in Gujarat. As usual, the women and children … Continue reading

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Rachaita Cooperative’s Week Overview

We had a busy week last week, working with the Rachaita team each day to learn as much as possible about the Construction Cooperative. Thanks to Varshaben and lots of masala chai, here’s an overview of what we have done: … Continue reading

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RUDI Foodie Field Trips

After our introduction day we spent the rest of the week going on field to learn about how RUDI works and how it might be improved. We went to two different districts to visit their processing centers, villages and Rudiben … Continue reading

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Rachaita: Field Trip

The onsite visits have easily made that biggest impression while trying to understand the scope and breadth of Rachaita Cooperative. We started our day by visiting the crossroads where women and men wait to be hired for daily work. There … Continue reading

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Dump Diving – The Life of a Wastepicker

We’ve been in Ahmedabad for 5 days now, and have learned a LOT about the value chain and supply chain for Gitanjali’s products. A huge part of our learning has been about what the Gitanjali employees no longer have to … Continue reading

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Manager ni School – Road to Rajasthan

Our team, Manager ni School, along with 3 SEWA officers went to Rajasthan to see potential sites for the new Business Resource Centre (BRC) and the villages that the BRC will serve. It was a 3-hour drive to Dungarur (where … Continue reading

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RUDI – An Exciting Start

Our first several days on the subcontinent have been nothing if not eye-opening.  India’s unique cocktail of sights, sounds and smells can be exhilarating, fascinating, and overwhelming…often all at the same time.  After the sweltering affair that was our exploration … Continue reading

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