When microbusiness meets urgent needs of the modern world

The betel palm is known as a plant that in many parts of Asia and East Africa delivers betel, a dangerous drug that when it is chewed helps against the feeling of hunger and tiredness. Did you know? In Asia, unripe betel nuts are chopped up with betel cutters. Usually these are rolled in leaves…

Staying with scavenger families in India

During our visit at Vizhuthugal, one of our NGO partners close to Coimbatore, we met the whole team and many volunteers. Vizhuthugal engages on a daily basis for scavenger families and human rights. In the past two years of the Covid 19 crises we had given to the families various supports, such as health and…

New bags designed by tailoring women group in Karamadai, South India

It’s three years now that we started to train a women group on tailoring. The women have learned so much in these years: stitching, embroidery and tailoring in many ways. Together with them I produce a lot of our marketing material for our Making More Health Initiative here in Indis: soap bags, game pads for…

Soaps made with passion and heart

Our soap competition with Selfhelp groups is in the full production phase. Five Selfhelp groups participate with various soap formats and produce all in all 1000 soaps. While doing so they learn a lot: “It requires a lot of passion, but also accuracy. The soaps should have the same high quality standard. Packaging then is…

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,…