How can anyone be grouchy when you always have such a breathtaking view to wake up to. I am talking about the land of the hill people called Mizoram, where life begins in the wee hours of the morning. The first meal of the day is lunch, which we eat around 7 or 8 in the morning. Something that I still have not been able to follow since I wasn't born and brought up here, even though I am a Mizo.[caption id="attachment_4020" align="aligncenter" width="796"] Morning view- Mizoram[/caption]
After getting ready, I hurriedly walked down the steep hill which leads to the main road to take a taxi on my first day of meeting our field partners, WSDS. I was really glad to find out that their office is not located very far from my house. I reached the office at 10.30 a.m and was warmly greeted by Ms. Chong, the branch head of WSDS in Aizawl. She introduced me to two other WSDS members and briefed me on how the organization functions and carries out its work.[caption id="attachment_4025" align="aligncenter" width="708"] WSDS team- Mizoram[/caption]
WSDS (Weaker Section development Society), is one of the field partners Milaap is working with in Mizoram and Manipur. WSDS was established in 1989. It provides financial and non-financial services in reducing rural poverty especially among the rural women in north east India. It provides small scale credits and other products such as solar home lighting system among the rural women.
I was so pleased and enthusiastic about working with our field partners that for tea, I decided to treat everyone with samosas and sweets. Ms. Chong told me about how she is planning to get the office revamped to make it a little more homely and pleasant which I thought was brilliant. I couldn't wait to see how much more pleasant the office would look.[caption id="attachment_4026" align="aligncenter" width="827"] With Ms. Chong, the branch head of WSDS in Mizoram[/caption]
Having such a healthy atmosphere at the office I couldn't wait to experience the journey to the fields and meeting of the borrowers. I would love to learn more about the people and place I come from and the best way to start is from people of the rural areas. It gives me a lot of fulfillment to put out their stories and hardships for others to read and lend a hand. Lending a little can change lives.