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January 17, 2010

My experience interning with Deepalaya's gender equity and microfinancing program redefined my views on development aid in India. Although I had very limited Hindi language ability, simply being in the presence of the Deepalaya workers as they communicated with the women in the program was more than enough to understand the impact of what they were doing. I was impressed at the patience that the Deepalaya workers exhibited and the fact that they had gained such a huge amount of trust from the women. Indeed, it was because of this trust that the women were even willing to try the program. And more than anything, seeing firsthand that Deepalaya was trying to help these women help themselves was incredible, because I could understand that the impact of their work would go beyond the present moment and influence the future lives of these women and their families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it gave me the opportunity to see a side of India that I never would have understood otherwise. Because of that, I have a better understanding of the entire country and the different experiences that encompass "life in India."

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I had better language abilities so that I could fully understand the conversations around me instead of being related the content by my friend and fellow intern. At times, I almost felt like I was a hindrance to the program because I could only listen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Former Volunteer & Along with another intern, I helped interview women in Delhi who were involved in Deepalaya's gender equity and microfinancing program and created a brochure detailing their experiences.