Arrived in Hyderabad on August 12th.
Living in the Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad.
I work at SKS Microfinance.
In the process of transitioning to life in India, I realized that I was already sliding off the radar with friends back home, as my life here has subsumed me. This blog is my effort to collect a couple thoughts and stay in touch with friends.
Additionally, the work that we are doing at SKS is cutting-edge economic empowerment and poverty reduction work. In particular, we are trying to offer new ways for our clients to lift themselves out of poverty. I want to offer a few insights into the opportunities that we are pursuing, the potential impacts these will have on our clients, and the debates that rage within the development community about the value of what we are doing, as well as the conflicts that arise from this work.
Some of the comments that I make here will be a bit forceful. I recognize that I am coming here with an outsider’s view of India and without the benefit of knowing Hindi. There is so much that I do not know nor understand. When I think this leads to me overreaching or broadly generalizing, I’ll try to note it. When I don’t recognize it, shame on me and hopefully I’ll realize soon!
Thank you for your thoughts and your time.