A grid for students – because health starts with prevention

In one of the schools in South India we run together with our local NGO partner (Karl Kübel institute for development education) and a social entrepreneur from our network a large hygiene program. During one of the last visits we had a conversation about various topics, among them a very simple to solve but risky…

When women meet women – a nice time with Vimuktha women

I have met them often in the past years – the Vimuktha women. Strong women who have built self- help groups to empower themselves. They have worked hard, saved money together to be able to give some credits to each other. Some of the have opened small business units, small shops, chicken farms, clay work,…

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…

A next trip to India – and happy to make the next steps happen

A two week trip back to our projects is in front of me. Just sitting in the plane and waiting for departure I review the agenda. Some busy days will come. First in Mumbai discussing with my colleagues and a few local NGOs on how we can start more social activities in Mumbai itself. The…

More Mental Health for selfhelp groups and their communities in India 

In the past two days we have run our second Health community Worker training for self-help group (SHG) leaders in the rural and urban area around Coimbatore. This training is part of 12 different health related training modules under the umbrella of the Making More Health initiative. The training topics have been selected and discussed with…

Coming back to India – Old problems, but new fascination

I’m back again. Back in India, back to Tamil Nadu. The ‘Indian feeling’ has re-started already on my way from Dubai to Chennai. Indian people, Indian respect, Induan friendliness and curiosity…An Indian business man sits besides and it takes just a few minutes to involve the people sitting around in some good, funny and interesting…