A warm breeze with a subtle scent of jasmine makes me realize I’m back in India – Hyderabad to be exact. This is the first time I’ve been to Asia for an Oikocredit study tour and I’m very much looking forward to meeting our staff and partners here.
As we leave the airport, I still do not see any signs of the feared Indian traffic. It is almost 10 am and I have been travelling for more than 10 hours. This is all that it takes to arrive in a country unknown to me. Are microfinance clients different in India than in Africa or Latin America? Is the Andhra Pradesh microfinance crisis still impacting the sector? And moreover, is Oikocredit bringing any added value to the microfinance sector in India? I will be searching for these answers in the coming days.
After a few kilometres, the cacophony of claxons and heavy traffic congestion are the signs that I am in Hyderabad. Welcome to India!