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I'm cycling to the top of the world to bring clean drinking water to those at the bottom of the pyramid.

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I was jobless, overworked (by my standards), heartbroken and the place I want to work at rejected all my applications. So I decided to cycle from Manali to Khardung La. This solution might not seem very logical but then again I am a huge fan of Steven Spielberg.

Through this expedition I am raising funds to get ten families access to piped water connections through Milaap.org. The identification of the people is already done and they are listed on http://www.milaap.org/view-all-projects.

Below is a short glimpse into my trip. For the full-description, this post on my blog is a good start.

Keep breathing, cried each cell in my body while cycling up to Khardung La, the highest motorable road on the planet. At an altitude of 5500 meters, my brain was malfunctioning, my nose refused to breathe enough air and my throat was sucking on freezing air like a vacuum cleaner. I saw a dark green Maruti gypsy car rushing downhill but slowing down just before me. Suddenly an army officer pulled his arm out and gave me thumbs up.

 

I gathered last bits and pieces of chocolates left and bribed my muscles to generate some torque. The road conditions left no scope of deterioration and perpetually played with my emotions. On the bright side, Sun lord was very generous and helped create many rivulets on the “road”.

Finally, huffing and puffing, I reached Khardung La top only to find myself in the middle of Chandni Chowk. It was crowded and some Santa-Banta had parked his car right in front of the highest motorable road sign!

I have created a documentary about my whole journey from Kullu-Manali to Leh-Khardung La and it is available on youtube. Please feel free to leave comments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2o_rhGczRw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrP0MNlTnjU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgC9_1JQNNg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_iNTtWh2NU

 

What is Milaap all about?

 

Milaap is a social enterprise that enables people around the world to give a loan to the working poor in India. Based in Bangalore, Milaap is the world's first and currently, the only online micro lending platform that enables non-Indians and non-resident Indians (NRIs) to make a loan to India. Milaap's loans are aimed towards providing people with access to basic essentials like clean drinking water, sanitation, renewable energy, vocational training and enterprise development.

Your contribution is a loan, not a donation.

  • 100% of your money goes to the end borrower
  • You will know exactly who your money goes to and get regular repayment updates
  • Within 18 months, you will get 100% of your money back. 

You can choose to re-lend the same money to another borrower - this way, a small amount of money goes a long, long way.

To know more about Milaap and how it works, read some FAQs: http://www.milaap.org/how-it-works-methodology

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