India: Farmers

As most of you already know, I spent a few weeks in India for business travels. You can read a bit more about what I do here and here (feel free to leave comments and or shoot me an email if you have any additional questions not answered). There were so many (too many) things that I loved about India. I had been told it would be a culture shock and that I would be overwhelmed. It never really hit me, the second I walked outside the airport it was love at first site and it only grew with each day. I spent the first week in the field visiting 12 villages. It was amazing to see the work we contribute first hand and impacting actual lives. I feel so removed sometimes sitting in Seattle. I remember arriving to the first village where we were greeted by a hundred or so farmers that we support and it brought me to actual tears. They were so excited to see us. Deep down I thought how could I possibly show them how excited I am to see them. There were no words, there still isn't. It felt like a dream. It started will field visits and it only got better with each passing day. Read on....

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interacting with the women's self help groups in the village

interacting with the women's self help groups in the village

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beauty at it's finest

beauty at it's finest

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dancing with the village

dancing with the village

yes that is a green house! impressive. we were blown away ourselves. these villages are doing amazing things!

yes that is a green house! impressive. we were blown away ourselves. these villages are doing amazing things!

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seeing the women farmers at work was so inspiring. this is why we wake up and go to work everyday (at least for me that's why i wake up and go to work each day!) this is why! seeing this is why i do it!

seeing the women farmers at work was so inspiring. this is why we wake up and go to work everyday (at least for me that's why i wake up and go to work each day!) this is why! seeing this is why i do it!

coolest experience i have ever had at the Gates Foundation! Interacting with these women farmers that we support!

coolest experience i have ever had at the Gates Foundation! Interacting with these women farmers that we support!

Monisha! The very best hostess!

Monisha! The very best hostess!

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This village started it's own school for the children in that village and devoped their own curriculum this book teaches children about nutrition! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! We were there to talk about nutrition and agriculture with the village so it was amazing to see them also teaching their children about it! Biggest win!

This village started it's own school for the children in that village and devoped their own curriculum this book teaches children about nutrition! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! We were there to talk about nutrition and agriculture with the village so it was amazing to see them also teaching their children about it! Biggest win!

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The women farmers greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the village and showed us their farm and their tools and teachings. It made me feel so happy to see how proud they were of their amazing work! They should be proud. These women are my heroes!

The women farmers greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the village and showed us their farm and their tools and teachings. It made me feel so happy to see how proud they were of their amazing work! They should be proud. These women are my heroes!

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Just because every child store my heart at first look!

Just because every child store my heart at first look!

children at school

children at school

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The village may not have been a fan of the cauliflower and broccoli they were growing but I WAS and they knew it so they kept giving me broccoli.

The village may not have been a fan of the cauliflower and broccoli they were growing but I WAS and they knew it so they kept giving me broccoli.

SO, SO many banana trees everywhere!

SO, SO many banana trees everywhere!

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Beautiful sunflower fields all over. They make sunflower oil.

Beautiful sunflower fields all over. They make sunflower oil.

The village data collector and her beautiful family.

The village data collector and her beautiful family.

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It was the most amazing experience. I have a feeling it is only the beginning because I couldn't accept never visiting again! Until next time....