Every time we feel we might be making progress on purchasing land or finding a flat to buy, we experience some kind of setback or failure. But we are learning from each of these ‘failures’.The most recent: a wonderful bungalow advertised in a local paper, which had left an additional zero off the end of the price. This made a substantial difference, so we didn’t even look at the place. We thought it was too good to be true, and it was! Through these failures, we have also come up with new ideas and networked with individuals who can offer guidance and support in the real estate market. We recently presented at the Urban Poverty workshop, held at the Dutch Design Workspace, and the leader of the organization has been an amazing mentor and connected us with some realtors in addition to helping us think about possible solutions for our sustainability models. Thinking outside the box, we are even considering separating our non-profit and for-profit ventures by location, but our estimated fund raising needs are at least $300,000 in addition to our current savings.
In November, Kranti took a three week trip to Kashmir and Ladakh. In addition to learning about the Kashmir conflict and trekking in the mountains of Ladakh, we spent time at SECMOL (Students’ Education and Cultural Movement of Ladakh), which is a self-sustainable school. We learned a lot about environmentally friendly designs and enjoyed time with the students. In addition to taking part in daily chores and lessons, our Revolutionaries also led workshops on gender & sexuality and sex education for SECMOL’s students.
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