When cultural exchange makes a difference

I have worked now for several years with vulnerable communities in India and Kenya. Several activities and projects have taken place to make the life of the people a better one: training sessions on health and hygiene, income generating activities, water projects, digital training sessions, set up of infrastructure, mental health training sessions, and last,…

Modern city life and trendy bakery in Coimbatore

It’s a really seductive place, this bakery. Many sweets in all colors, shakes and different tea and coffee types, to go service for some typical South Indian dishes and many busy people from the city going in and out. People staying in Coimbatore love this place. It’s a trendy location close to many shops in…

Micro entrepreneurial activities- the Biriyani banana leaf makers

On my way to a shop I met a very interesting micro entrepreneurial family in one of the small secondary streets in the center of Coimbatore, South India. A lady sitting in front of a door is looking friendly at me when I pass by while cutting onions. I’m interested in finding out why she…

Again at the TNAU university – the mushroom production is growing

A few years have passed since I visited the TNAU university the last time. It is impressing to see the further development steps they have taken in mushroom growth, research and most of all on how to engage Self-help groups to take up the idea. Mushroom growth – income generation for the poor Meanwhile earlier…

A “close to earth” function in a tribal village in India

It is always amazing to learn about different cultures, how people behave and how they stay together and celebrate in special events. I had several times a chance to take part and to enjoy ceremonies and local functions during my travels in India.  Sometimes I wonder how these people would think and feel about village…

Is India normal? A day in Delhi – a day of contrasts

I’ve come to Delhi for a business meeting.  While walking from the hotel in Oklah, an industrial zone in Delhi, to the company I’m meeting with, I see a lot of people living in very small houses. Houses? A kind of building, houses is exaggerated… Obviously, the people staying here have a very  low income….