Alok: An armchair philosopher (who loves both the armchair and the philosophy of it)
Isabelle: A French teacher, on an extended sabbatical to pursue her three loves Alok, Mridul (their son) and teaching.
Both of them have been working and teaching in the villages of Himachal Pradesh in India for about ten years. Isabelle started by managing and teaching women in a Gaddi (local tribe of Kangra region in Himachal) women about making and marketing Tofu, Jams, Peanut butter etc. Alok started by designing and trying to change methods of production in Hand-looms.
Both of them have set up a Centre at Dalhousie (Chamba district) in Himachal Pradesh, from where they are managing all their activities in Dharamsala (Kangra district) and Dalhousie (Chamba district) of Himachal Pradesh. In the last seven years they have managed to accumulate their experiences and started a HiVE Trust, which is basically working in the fields of School education, Vocational training, Health Awareness and interacting with women and children.
At present Alok and Isabelle have shifted to France, the centres however continue their good work in the villages, guided and managed by the women themselves, who have to pass this final test of the training provided by Alok and Isabelle and which they have been doing successfully since July 2012.