India

Tea and Its History in India

Tea and Its History in India

When you walk on the streets of Mumbai, you can find on every corner typical street tea stalls, which are...

8 Weeks Spent 8,000 Miles Away

8 Weeks Spent 8,000 Miles Away

This last blog entry was penned in no-man’s-land. My passport has been stamped – I’ve officially departed India. And, I...

Navigating the Slums of Mumbai

Navigating the Slums of Mumbai

One of the first things you notice when arriving at Mumbai (after the popular auto-rickshaws) are the slums. These slums...

Trust While Traveling: A Weekend in Sri Lanka

Trust While Traveling: A Weekend in Sri Lanka

At 9:00 PM, the wings shuddered and the wheels left the ground. The sprawling lights of Bangalore disappeared in the...

Inside a group lending project in India

Inside a group lending project in India

Last week, I had the opportunity to learn more about some of the work carried out by Swadhaar Information and...

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

A leisurely stroll in Bangalore can quickly become an athletic event as you leap over gaping holes in the sidewalk,...

Is Microfinance Innovating Enough?

Is Microfinance Innovating Enough?

Wrapping up my time here in Bangalore has me thinking about the big picture of financial inclusion. Microfinance is just...

Perspectives: Rooftops, Desks, and Reports

Perspectives: Rooftops, Desks, and Reports

*Beep, beep, beep*, the persistent cries of the alarm woke me. Rolling over, I grabbed my iPhone, and slid my...

Financial inclusion: one piece of the poverty puzzle

Financial inclusion: one piece of the poverty puzzle

During the five weeks I have been in India, the bulk of my exposure to the financial inclusion field has...

First impressions of Mumbai

First impressions of Mumbai

You can imagine India before arriving there from all the things that can be found online and in newspapers, by...