Author Archives: OneSeed Expeditions

Girl Power: 6 Reasons Why OneSeed Invests in Women

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Noting the importance of women in society, Mao Zedong once said “Women hold up half of the sky.” International economists and experts agree: The UN and IMF endorse investment in women as ‘smart economics’ because even small investments can make a huge positive difference for economic and human development around the world. OneSeed is proud […]
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Mystery in the Mountains: Exploring Machu Picchu

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Is Machu Picchu on your bucket list? Learn a bit about the the famous ruins below! History of Machu Picchu: Constructed in the 15th century, Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city located in Peru that has been named one of the new seven wonders of the world. Archaeologists guess that Machu Picchu was abandoned […]
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TAKE A SIP: Peruvian Coffee Demystified

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Love waking up to a fresh cup of coffee every morning? Before taking off for Peru, learn a few fun facts about coffee, one of the top exports! The Arabica bean is the organically grown coffee bean that has quickly made Peru a huge global exporter of coffee.  In fact, 60% of Peru’s exports consist of […]
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Seeking Refuge: Lodging in Torres del Paine, Chile

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Sometimes backpacking means carrying a tent, digging a pit toilet, and struggling through days of dehydrated food-like substances. In Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, the refugio system bringds a bit of class to the camping routine. While you’ll welcome the local wines, warm stoves, and beds, sharing a mountain shelter with others can have […]
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7 Tips to Prepare for Your Trek

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Always be prepared! The scout’s motto is simple, but true. Being well prepared for your trek will make your time much more enjoyable, and you can focus on the wonders around you rather than your blistered feet! Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your trek. Starting on them sooner rather than […]
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Peruvian Food for the Adventurous Eater

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When I think of Peruvian food, I immediately think it must be similar to what you might find in a Mexican restaurant.  However, that guess is entirely misinformed.  In fact, the typical peruvian dish consists mainly of potatoes and meat.  Peruvian food has strong influences from the Incas, but also includes flavors from Europe, Africa, […]
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SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Meet Mt. Fitz Roy

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On the Rugged Patagonia Expedition, you will have the chance to explore around the base of Mt. Fitz Roy.  Here are a few fun facts to think about before your trip! Originally known by locals as Chaltén, or “smoking mountain,” this spectacular peak located on the border of Argentina and Chile, was renamed Fitz Roy […]
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5 Tips on What to Wear When Trekking

When I get ready for a trip, the first question on my mind is what to wear.  Over the past 6 years I have coached snowboarding in just about every type of weather imaginable and have trekked all over the world in the heavy rain and in the hot summer sun.  I have been in […]
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Packing List Peru

PACKING LIST – PERU OneSeed will provide all group equipment. You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear. Below is a list of suggested items for your expedition. Documents and Logistics __ International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco, Peru. __ Flight information submitted (http://oneseedexpeditions.com/arrival-information) __ Passport valid through end of trip Expedition Gear […]
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The Air Up There: The Weather in the Peruvian Andes

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The Weather in the Peruvian Andes Peru, like the most of the countries that are between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Range, has a rich climate due to the moisture of the ocean and the dryness of the altitude. The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the late spring (April to May)/ early autumn […]
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OneStory (Part 2): BEYONDgear

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We here at OneSeed are fortunate to meet some awesome people through our work. Through the OneStory blog series, we’re showcasing these amazing entrepreneurs and their work throughout the world. Beyond Gear; The Beginnings from Dominic Gill on Vimeo. BEYONDgear BEYONDgear is redefining how climbing can reach out to a community, using adventure as a […]
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OneStory (Part 1): Balyolu and the Honey Road

We here at OneSeed are fortunate to meet some awesome people through our work. Through the OneStory blog series, we’re showcasing these amazing entrepreneurs and their work throughout the world. Balyolu and the Honey Road The thousand year old tradition of collecting honey is getting a new experiential adventure from the holistic rural incubator, Balyolu. […]
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What are the elevation changes on my trek?

So you’ve made the decision you want to go on a OneSeed trek. Awesome! That’s a decision well made. But now might come the tricky part. Which one will suite you best for your next adventure? Our team at OneSeed is here to help make your decision process less stressful. With our newly developed elevation […]
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What’s an appropriate guide to tipping?

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The OneSeed blog addresses many issues to help you prepare for your expedition. Today, we’ll tackle the (sometimes confusing) topic of how, what and when to tip your OneSeed guide. When you set off on your adventure, you’ll be joined by one or more of our incredible OneSeed Guides. Your guides will be your cultural liaison, mountaineering expert, gear fitter, […]
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Yoga For The Weary. 10 Poses for Tired Trekkers

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Now that you’re all pumped up and ready to get going on your alpine adventure it’s time we let you in on a little-known trail trekker’s secret: High Altitude Yoga! While the novelty of striking an expert pose on a big peak to show your physical prowess is certainly satisfying, the ancient spiritual exercise is […]
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Readiness 101: Getting Your Rear Into Gear. Literally.

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Alright all you aspiring OneSeedlings, it’s high time for some tough love. Now we’re not trying to scare you off, but the fact is that one of our most consistent topics for post-trip feedback is the physical demands of our expeditions. We plan our trips carefully to make sure that they are accessible to as […]
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After OneSeed: Adventure & Service in Nepal

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  If you’re using OneSeed to help you get to your adventure destination, chances are you are fully aware that planning any trip, much less one to South Asia, can be overwhelming. While we’re confident that we can make your travel experience as easy and pain free as possible, Nepal is still a long and […]
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Ratna’s Shop: The Sacred Art of Nepal

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is regarded by many to be the heart of Kathmandu Valley. The craftsmanship of the Newars has been appreciated for centuries and many would argue that the Buddhist art of Thangka was born here in Kathmandu. The sacred paintings of Nepal–thangkas, mandalas, and paubas–can be found piled high in the tiny shops […]
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What should I do if I arrive early to Santiago?

If you’ve pulled the trigger on joining us for one of our Chilean expeditions, the good news is that you’ve already got a lot to look forward too. The better news is that you’ll be flying into Santiago, Chile’s inspiring capital city. While you’re sure to have an unforgettable journey with OneSeed, Chile and Santiago have a lot more […]
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Hiking in the Clouds: What Happens at Altitude

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We get a lot of questions about altitude here at OneSeed. We do play in the mountains a lot after all! Altitude can effect people differently, but some we’ll cover some of the details here: What altitudes each trip reaches How altitude sickness can effect you How to prevent altitude sickness and monitor for it […]
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I arrived early in Kathmandu. Oh no, oh no, what will I do?

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Nepal is a great place, so if you forgot about those pesky time zones and arrive early or want more time to explore we’ve gathered some information that will be helpful to you. While we are excited for you to join us, we are only able to pick you up from the airport and provide […]
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“You don’t eat no meat? That’s ok. I make lamb.”

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Trying local food while traveling is one of my favorite things about being abroad, but as a vegetarian it can sometimes be difficult. I used to be a strict vegetarian so I know the hassle it can be, but I spent five months in China and survived! Some countries are extremely vegetarian friendly, as they […]
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Guide Profile: Sabine Barrios

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One of our newest Chilean guides, Sabine is well traveled and has five years experience guiding treks in Patagonia. Born in Venezuela, she grew up in Santiago before traveling through Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela, France and England where she really mastered her English. In addition to leading trekking trips through Patagonia, she has also led extended […]
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From the Whites to the Rockies: Why I Love the Mountains

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OneSeed loves the mountains! Hopefully you do too. OneSeed staffer Cat shares the reasons for her love of the mountains, how they have influenced her life, and why she feels at home among them. The beach or the mountains? It’s a question that seems to be asked in nearly every awkward social situation, ice breakers […]
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Water, Water Everywhere…

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We are all cautious about what we consume while traveling (remember our chat from the Everybody Poops post!), and if you drink as much water as I do, you want to make sure it’s clean! I’m sure your first thought is bottled water, and you may have heard of iodine tablets and boiling water to sterilize […]
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The Flight to Nepal is Long, Bring a Book!

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Are you about to take a trip to Nepal? Curious about Nepal? Here are some reading recommendations from our staff that you may not have heard of. Grab a cup of cocoa, tea or coffee and settle into your favorite reading spot to delve into the wonders of Nepal! Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s […]
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Staff Profile: Chris Baker, OneSeed Founder and Pizza Maker

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Meet Chris, the founder of OneSeed Expeditions. Over the past seven years, Chris has split his time between Nepal and the US. While in Nepal, he conducted research in Kathmandu and throughout the Khumbu region surrounding Mt. Everest. As a Fellow with Kiva.org, Chris worked closely with local microfinance institutions. Chris founded OneSeed in 2010 […]
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Cat’s Criticals: Suggested Items for a More Efficient Trip

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As a follow up to my post Hiking Boots and Heels: A Woman’s Strategy to Packing for an Expedition, I’ve created a list of items that I find particularly useful while on the road. Make sure to check our packing lists (Nepal or Chile) for the items you will need on your trek (this blog […]
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Staff Profile: Sergio Nuñez, Regional Director – Latin America

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Meet Sergio, OneSeed’s Country Director in Chile. Originally from Chile’s far south, Sergio grew up playing in the outdoors and exploring Patagonia. He studied business in school and has experience running his own trekking companies. He loves climbing and trekking with his daughter who is a budding adventurer herself. As an amateur photographer, he captures […]
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Heels and Hiking Boots: A Woman’s Strategy to Packing for the Trail

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As adventurous, traveling women, we can be finicky creatures, and we can go to extremes. Determined to not stand out as the woman that brought along a hairdryer, sometimes we may pack so little that we remove from our packs the ever important toilet paper or tampons we think we can find along the way […]
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Chris Baker
Founder – OneSeed Expeditions

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Chris has spent most of the last decade split between the US and Nepal. As a student at Yale University and the School for International Training (SIT), Chris conducted research in Kathmandu and throughout the Khumbu region surrounding Mt. Everest (he’ll do anything to get into the mountains). As a Fellow with Kiva.org, Chris worked […]
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Staff Profile: Cat Wile – Operations Manager, World Traveler, Mayo Hater

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One of OneSeed’s newest additions to the team, Cat Wile, is our operations guru.  Born and raised in a small town in chilly Massachusetts, she set her sights on migrating south, finding herself down in North Carolina.  Graduating from Elon University with an International Business degree, she then took up employment with a large firm […]
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Bishnu Thapa
Director of Guiding Operations

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Originally from the Western region of Nepal, Bishnu Thapa leads guiding operations and logistics for OneSeed Nepal. A graduate of Tribhuvan University, she brings a unique background of research and mountain guiding experience to our team. While completing her thesis in Anthropology, Bishnu documented the challenges and opportunities faced by Nepal’s women guides. Bishnu has […]
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Tek Bahadur Dong
Director of Social Performance

Nepal native Tek Bahdur Dong completed his M.A. in Anthropology from the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University and received a Graduate Diploma in Social Science from Nepā School of Social Science and Humanities. He has worked as a research associate at Social Science Baha; a research fellow at the Social Inequality and Affirmative […]
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Everybody Poops. Now Let’s Talk About It.

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The toilet, commode, W.C., throne room, head, latrine, loo. We’ve got a million names for the bathroom, but it isn’t exactly dinner conversation (unless you happen to be with a bunch of travelers or backcountry enthusiasts). Let’s face it though, when nature calls, it’s nice to know what to expect at the facilities. When you […]
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The Air Up There: Weather in Torres Del Paine

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Climate Overview Although the park is located in an area that includes a “mild- cool climate, rainy, without dry season”, the weather conditions observed during the year are various, depending on location, altitude, topography, or proximity to glaciers, lagoons or lakes. The characteristic aspect of the area is its thermal homogeneity, which allows tourists to […]
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Packing 101: You’ve Booked the Trip. Now What to Bring?

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Packing for a hike in the Himalayas is more involved than throwing things in your carry-on for a getaway weekend, but it does not need to be overwhelming. OneSeed has provided you a packing list with the basics of what you will need for your trek. Some of you – especially those with outdoors experience […]
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Daal Bhat 101

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No trip to a foreign land is truly complete without a sampling of the local fare. While this alone can be the most adventurous part of travel (haggis, anyone?), visitors to Nepal are greeted with a simple, vegetarian-friendly, and tasty national dish: dal bhat. Behold: Dal Bhat. The core of the meal consists of dal […]
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Picking the Right Expedition

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Expedition difficulty is determined by number of hours walking per day, elevation gain, trail quality, etc. Intermediate Intermediate adventures require that you are at the least at an average fitness level. Activities will be mandatory and occasionally physically demanding. Experience in this sport is not necessary. These are great first treks and a perfect fit […]
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3 Ways to Change the World Through Travel

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Racking up those stamp-covered passport pages is satisfying, but what if you could bank a little bit of good karma along the way? OneSeed tries to keep it simple: you take an amazing trip; a local woman launches or expands her business. Through the OneSeed Fund, local microfinance institutions are able to tap into the […]
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Bed, Breakfast, and Daal Bhat?: Teahouse Trekking in Nepal

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What is a Teahouse Lodge? Throughout the Himalaya, “teahouse” lodges are the standard traiside accommodation.  Somewhere between a bed and breakfast and a backcountry cabin, these teahouse lodges are among the more unique features of any Himalayan expedition. Teahouse lodges are usually organized around a central room with a hearth and eating area.  These family-run […]
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The Air Up There: Weather in the Langtang Region

Climate Overview Temperatures in the Langtang region vary greatly due to the extreme difference in altitude in the region. Most of the annual precipitation occurs from June to September. In fall (October – November) and spring (April – May), days are warm and sunny, and nights cool. In spring, rain at 3000m elevation often turns […]
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The Air Up There: Weather in the Annapurna Region

Begining and wrapping up the trip As in all mountain regions, weather is most impacted by changes in elevation and topography. As you begin your expedition in Pokhara, you consistently gain elevation and the temperatures gradually drop with each gain in altitude and warms up each day as you come back down to Pokhara. The […]
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The Air Up There: Weather in the Khumbu Region

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Climate Overview July is warmest with an average temperature of 58.82 °F at noon. January is coldest with an average temperature of 17.78 °F at night. Temperatures at night are significantly cooler than during daytime. Winter can have some frostdays, with the coldest month most often being January. November is on average the month with […]
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The Air Up There: Weather in Nepal

We get lots of questions about weather. This makes sense.  Our clients fly halfway around the world and they want to know what to expect.  In a country with the geographic diversity of Nepal, this isn’t always the easiest question to answer.  We decided to break it down by region… We’ll start with the easy […]
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One–Er, Three–Months Down

Chris Baker is the founder of OneSeed Expeditions. When I first started this draft (on June 27th), I began by reflecting on just how much had happened in only a month since our launch in May. Time got away from me. Now, three full months since our launch, I can’t believe how much has come […]
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Microfinance in Nepal

The study of microfinance is truly a study in adaptation and innovation. Its the micro part of this field that makes it so particular.  Financial services implemented on a grand scale–think of your own bank–find their success in replication and consistency.  Visiting a bank teller in New York is not that fundamentally different than visiting […]
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Summits and Reflections

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her final guest blog. Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing […]
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ONESEED : ONESTORY

Radika Malla Thakuri- Patan, Nepal
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Ram Payari Napit- Tangal, Nepal
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Maheshwori Maharjan- Thecho, Nepal
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Sabitri Mali- Thecho, Nepal
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Mankumari- Bholdhoka, Nepal
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Sita Ranjitkar- Tangal, Nepal
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Shyama Khadka- Bhaishipati, Nepal
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Aastamaiya- Chappagaun, Nepal
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Doing Good by Doing Business

Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her fifth guest blog. Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing […]
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OneSeed : OneStory

Surja Maiya Maharjan- Thecho, Nepal
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Debunking the Silver Bullet Solution

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her fourth guest blog. Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing […]
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Meaningful Travel

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her third guest blog. Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing […]
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Challenges and Joys of a Start-Up

Suniti is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her final guest blog. Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened […]
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Investing in Individuals

Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her second guest blog. Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing […]
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Sally Ogilby
Head of Operations

Sally grew up in Pennsylvania and first moved west to attend Colorado College, where she studied Anthropology and Spanish. She first discovered OneSeed while studying abroad and conducting research in Nepal. She loves to travel and has also spent time exploring much of Latin America. She loves to dance, ski, cook, and coordinate logistics for […]
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Sergio Nuñez
Regional Director – Latin America

Born and raised in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Sergio spent his childhood in nature; horseback riding in the pampas or fishing in the rivers of Magallanes and Tierra del Fuego. After beginning his early studies in England he had to re-learn Spanish when he returned to Chile, bringing with him a strong Yorkshire accent paired with […]
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Marc Mitchell
Latin American Operations

Meet OneSeed’s Marc Mitchell: paperwork ninja and slayer of bureaucracy. After having spent a year in Bogotá, Colombia researching corporate social responsibility in Colombia’s mining sector and having spent two years as a Teach For America CM, Marc Mitchell joined the OneSeed Expeditions Team in Chile. He is currently an MBA Candidate at Pontificia Universidad […]
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Growing Fast

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We’re a scrappy start-up, but we’re growing fast. Follow our story and watch us sprout.
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Investing in People

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When you travel with OneSeed, you support the creativity of local entrepreneurs. Learn how the OneSeed Fund invests in communities.
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Exploring the World

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OneSeed gets your off the beaten path. Our experienced local guides connect you to the people and places we support.
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No Longer Black and White

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Suniti is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her third guest blog. Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened […]
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Re-Branding Capitalism

Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her first guest blog. Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing […]
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Identity, Tourism, and Sustainability

Suniti Thapa is OneSeed’s amazing summer intern.  This is her second guest blog. Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her […]
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Women’s Empowerment – Why?

Suniti Thapa is OneSeed’s amazing summer intern.  This is her first guest blog. Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her […]
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Why OneSeed?

It’s easy to feel like microfinance has lost a bit of its shine. From the recent travails of Muhummad Yunnus and the Grameen Bank to the “no pay” movements in northern India and Latin America, it hasn’t been a great year for the idea that microfinance can overcome poverty. And that’s exactly the point. Microfinance […]
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Cutting Out the (Middle) Man

re blogged from: fellowsblog.kiva.org (07.07.10)   Much has been written about the value of investing in women.  The Girl Effect theory says that women are simply better investments when compared to their male counterparts. With access to capital, women are empowered.  They buy the things their families need.  They educate their sons and daughters.  The investment of […]
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Website Goes Live!

Website Goes Live!
It’s official.  OneSeed Expeditions is up and running. After more than three years of planning and legwork, OneSeed Expeditions is a reality. With our first trips to Nepal beginning in February 2012, we have a lot to get done in the next twelve months.  Our short term goals: Launch our first capital drive to secure […]
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