Looking back on all that I experienced, there are two things that surface over and over – the people and of course the food. I was lucky to be working with a bunch of ladies who love to cook, and eat and love to try different foods. Lunchtimes every day when I was in my Colombo base, ended up being a smorgasbord of foodie delights – everyone ended up giving a spoonful of their dish to everyone at the table, and in return you got taste 6-8 other dishes – Sri Lanka’s version of a cookie swap.
And then there was the work with VEGA BIZ+, providing assistance and coaching to small family run business in the North and East of the country. The business I worked with were varied: rice flour mill, FIBC polybag manufacturer, heirloom rice and a garment factory. All needing various levels of support, some more than others.
I worked particularly closely with Thayalini on one challenging business, but with such an awesome team of ladies, this business is now profitable and the outlook looks very positive.
And now for a whole bunch of memories …
I missed a few photos – Thushy from Batti office who was a gem to work with. Also to Prasanna and Purusoth … I ended up only working with them once in the 9 months.
Thank you everyone, for making me feel so welcome, it was a truly memorable experience. I will miss you all!
Tonight I fly to Kathmandu to visit friends in Banepa for a week or so and will drop into SIRC too. Dying to see everyone in Nepal!
Much love and peace