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  1. A colony of hope

    February 17, 2015 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    The Shanyidan Colony is located in the surroundings of Khurda. The less colourful area is a clear contrast with the other villages, but respectively for a reason:  this colony is the home of 35 families with members that were affected by leprosy.

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  2. Together we are stronger

    February 16, 2015 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    We started the field trips with a visit to Maanaveeya’s partner, Annapurna Microfinance Pvt. Ltd (AMPL). Its Balipatna branch is about 45 minutes away from the hotel. The road is filled with school girls on bikes, motorcycles, cars and people walking trying to reach school or work as fast as possible.

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  3. Ready to start

    February 15, 2015 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    The introductory meeting will be the first time all participants come together. This time, the group was composed of 12 people from Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. 

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  4. Once upon a time…

    February 13, 2015 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

    A week ago, I was able to get in contact with Vellore CMC to arrange a visit to Oikocredit’s first partner, Vellore Christian Medical College. It was around 7 am when I left for an almost 3 hour drive to connect with our partners at Vellore.

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  5. Think global, act local

    February 12, 2015 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    One of the main features of Oikocredit is to have a network of  regional and country offices worldwide. In India, Oikocredit works through its subsidiary Maanaveeya Development & Finance Private Limited (Maanaveeya) that acts as a regional office with area managers to cover this enormous country. 

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  6. Passage to India

    February 11, 2015 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    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.

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