Our new make shift design studio.
Definitely an adjustment working on the floor.
Beyond it’s social agenda, educating and skill training the rural poor, Barefoot is laboratory for ideas, and the people who visit and stay are quite a bunch. We’ve met solar engineers, educators, some come for 3 months, others are fellows who come for a year, and some just can’t quite bring themselves to leave. The work is never done.
And last -but certainly not least Nishit (left) -the linchpin to our visit here. He was our contact before arriving and has been our guide during our time here. He is incredibly kind, supportive and patient. He’s put up with our (at times) ridiculous requests and questions. He is laid back with a good sense of humour. A Barefoot fellow, he sponsored is by an indian bank to be here for a year. Though an engineer, he saw a need within the crafts produced at the college and the surrounding villages. Quality control, standardization and managing the supply chain have become his objectives. All these things in support of the primary goal of providing more jobs.
|Allen, a Barefoot Fellow, explaining his work with the solar cookers.|
|Rimisha helping us with translation as we present our concepts to the appliqué master.|
|It took them a while to warm up, but we had a great time with this gang when visiting a nearby village.|
|Seeing the appliqué work done at home.|