Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Yesterday we went out to the field to observe the operations of the MFI we are working with. I saw these cute kids coming from school and had to take a picture! After I took this I showed them their picture on my camera and they just loved it, I don't think they have seen a digital camera before.
We met with borrowers that had businesses ranging from a hair salon to chair rentals to chicken broilers (I never thought I would see a small room with 1000 - not exagerating- chickens!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Today a group of my colleagues (all democrats - no surprise) gathered at the Chancery Hotel in Bangalore to cheer Obama on and watch the election returns. It is the first time, and probably the last time that I will:
a) watch election returns at 9:30 am!!!
b) watch election returns poolside
c) watch election returns on another continent, although I guess you never know!!
The shirts say, "Vote from abroad.org" on the back and "Democrats Abroad India"- (and of course "Obamea '08"). Needless to say, we are thrilled with the outcome!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Every day I am faced with a life changing decision, should I get a coffee at Coffee Day (the Starbucks of India)? The decision is made that much harder as for some reason I allow myself to have the "Tropical Iceburg" which is the equivalent of a frappacino, with probably twice the fat. I usually overcome this by coercing one of my coworkers to take me (and yes, I hold their hand while crossing!)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Following Italy I will make my way to Bangalore, India to meet with my Unitus colleagues and team for a week and a half. I am looking forward to a still TBD weekend trip in which I hope to see some of the more rural areas of India.
I will continue on to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to meet an MFI and provide them with strategic and operational consulting. They sound like an amazing organization and it will be a great opportunity for me to learn about the challenges of microfinance in East Africa. And I of course can't wait for my first visit to Africa, although it will just be for a short six days. I travel to Dar via Dubai - so I hope to be able to see some of that city as well.
I have never done a blog before, but I thought it would be fun to take you along with me on this fun adventure!