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What do you know about rural India?

Posted on August 8, 2011 by Tara Thiagarajan in Blog, Writing. 5 comments

****This survey is now closed******

We have some interesting results that will be officially announced in a ten days or so and not on the 15th as previously promised.

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Think you know what rural India is really like? We are doing a short quiz to understand your perception of rural India and to get some information about your ecosystem that we will use as comparison. The survey will take you about 2 minutes and we will post the results next week along with what the real numbers look like.

Take the quiz!*

Please do take 2 minutes to participate!

*For folks outside of India – ‘Petrol Bunk’ is India speak for ‘Gas Station’.


The Madura Experiment (more refined)

Posted on September 12, 2010 by Tara Thiagarajan in Blog, Writing. 2 comments

It’s been a bit of a busy month for me and I haven’t had time to post. After years now of reading, surveying, observing and thinking, we (meaning Madura) are finally putting together the pieces of our socioeconomic transformation strategy. We’re taking quite a leap from the run-of-the-mill microfinance, so we’re operating like a start-up again, which is fun. But, with profits to take some chances with, so that’s even more fun. We’re looking at a massive, for profit experiment in reengineering the socioeconomic system dynamics of our members – about half a million poor women in rural Tamil Nadu, moving rapidly to a million. This involves putting in place a large scale smart phone driven data collection system, a mobile phone rollout for our members that will support a host of applications in the future, and development of a … Read More »