This September saw the first two Seachange Foundation interns head out to Shantilife in Gujarat India. We were very lucky to have met Vivian Pucher and Tarun Sharma from the UCD Smurfit School of Business who having completed their MBA’s in Strategic Management and Supply Chain Management respectively headed off to Shantilife in September – both Vivian and Tarun were able to put in to practice all that they had learned in the College and apply it directly in the field – their contributions have been measureable and extremely valuable to Sheetal Mehta Walsh and to Shantilfe and its work. The following are two field reports in Vivian ad Tarun’s own words but you know what they say – “A Picture Paints a Thousand words” so please click here to see the photos..
Here’s what Sheetal Walsh, who founded Shanti Life had to say about the initiative:
“We were delighted to benefit from the SeaChange Microcredit intern programme which provided infield grass roots assistance to our beneficiaries. Shanti Life is a small lean team which focusses on alleviating poverty and supporting women in creating sustainable livelihoods through microcredit. Vivian Pucher was instrumental in creating a social impact review platform and she did this by interviewing various women in the village – this is important because we care about how the families and overall community benefit from the women led loans. Tarun Sharma helped us monitor and review our supply chain processes to ensure the artisans we work with in the villages are able to scale their mission. We hope we can all work together in 2017 to replicate this engagement and further assist the women beneficiaries in India. “