|At the office: Indu giving a small talk about the Kara Weaves story and process to the students and faculty|
Last week, we were really happy to host a group of students from DePaul University Chicago and Kerala led by their faculty Prof Ramya Ramanath and Prof Vinay Raj respectively. The students were a mix of MBA and the Non-Profit Administration graduate program by both the schools.
We were happy to hear that what we had to share was of interest to both the groups of students since we are a business in the progress of registering ourselves as a non-profit organization. We prepared a little slideshow presentation (shown below) explaining our working
process and how we engage with local and international communities.
We were also fortunate enough to be joined by Anup Nair and Tony Jose, the co-founders of Local Economic Development Society (LEDS), a visionary group providing local-to-local networking for micro-enterprises across Kerala.
|Anup Nair gives an engaging talk about his work|
|Tony Jose (right) looks on as Prof. Ramya Ramanath (center) and students listen in|
|Ramya and the students engage in some discussions after Anup Nair's talk|
|A traditional Kerala lunch on our porch overlooking some pepper vines!|
Post-lunch, we accompanied the group of students and faculty to visit our local weaving co-operative, where they had the opportunity to meet the members, watch the process and even try a bit of weaving for themselves!
|Watching Mani chettan, the master weaver, while he works on the towel weave|
|One of the students tries her hand at weaving for a bit, while her classmates cheer her on!|
It gave us a good opportunity to explain to students the problems facing the handloom sector, especially in a difficult economy. Once again, it was great to see the energy the young group brought with them, as they busied themselves with taking notes and talking to everyone.
At the end of the day, which was as hectic as it was fun-filled, we were filled with such infectious enthusiasm and energy, from talking to the students. We're ever so indebted to Ramya Ramanth and Vinay Raj for this opportunity to meet their students and to Anup Nair and Tony Jose for sharing their valuable insights with everyone!
|Watching the yarn being spun, while chatting with the members of the weaving co-operative|
|The Kara Weaves team, the weavers, faculty and students :)|