Women Helping Women

Sumitra Pangi and her baby Bujjir are part of a larger group of mothers and babies who attend a community meeting organized by AIF’s partner Srujuna. Sumitra, barely 20 years

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Women’s Empowerment in Microfinance

Kanti Devi and her husband live in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, with their two children. Kanti’s husband was a painter, and their income was meager and unstable. By joining a Rickshaw Sangh

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Waters of March

I’ve tried to reflect on what I value the most from this fellowship experience. There have been moments of elation, and there have been deep lows. However, all these vignettes

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Peregrination!

I applied for the AIF Clinton Fellowship after doubting myself to an extent that I was sure I will never get through. It was 1:20 am on 30th June, 2016,

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The City that Became Home

When I moved to India in September 2016, I knew that I was embarking upon a transformational year. I knew that simply because I was doing something so out of

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Thanks Mom and Dad

Growing up, my parents were adamant about maintaining the traditions and culture of Andhra Pradesh in their humble abode. A large aspect of this was solely speaking Telugu within the

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To Listen.

I am the roach
I will encroach
And feast upon on the Shola land
Takes its food and leave but sand
 
I am blanket, a sea of green
Once

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Soul Food

My favorite thing to do in the entire world is eat. During breakfast, I think about lunch, and during lunch I think about dinner. In fact, the first thing I

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For the Love of a Place

Though almost a month has passed upon returning to the U.S., India has been on my mind each day. Over the course of the year, I came to deeply appreciate

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Life on a (Bollywood) Film Set

I arrived in Mumbai like legions of aspiring actors before me, and doubtless many more to come: with heady dreams of Bollywood stardom.
I have to admit that before moving

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Two Mangoes, One Leg

For months I had been practicing the language. The first several weeks I had painstakingly practiced the script and alphabet, teaching my wrist to twist and swivel ornate shapes that

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Stuff Happens

Fresh out of college and naïve to the 10 month fellowship experience I was about to embark on, I had implement the good ol’ “fake it ‘til you make it”

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