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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
I am founder and director of Friends of Tilonia, Inc. which takes its name from Tilonia, a small village in Rajasthan, India that is home of the Barefoot College.

The Barefoot College trains the poorest of the poor to become “Barefoot” professionals and supports them in addressing basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income within their own communities. Working with a team of “Barefoot” ecommerce managers, we have developed to sell handcrafted home textiles produced by nearly 800 artisans in villages where the College and its affiliates operate.

I have over 20 years experience in developing new businesses and launching financial information services delivered to major financial firms. I am a member of Investors’ Circle, an angel network using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy, and I mentor social enterprise start-ups at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Pratt Design Incubator.

I live in Brooklyn, NY and travel frequently to India to work with our artisan affiliates.

My Passions:
Artisanal products, heirloom tomatoes, daffodils

My Challenges:
Bootstrapping small businesses

My Vision for the Future:
Collectively-owned, collaboratively-managed artisan enterprises

My Areas of Expertise:
start-up, product launch & development, social enterprise


Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community. Keep up the good job helping the poor. God bless you plenty. Oh by the way, those duffel bags are exquisite. I love the colors.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!


LauraB's picture

A warm welcome


With your wealth of knowledge, dedication, and insight, you will be a valuable member on Pulsewire. The vision of the Barefoot College shares core values with World Pulse- innovation, courage, and speaking/doing for yourself. I do hope you'll post often to your journal telling us what is happening at the Barefoot College- I can envision deep connections with members around the globe.

In reading the Barefoot College website, I found myself wanting to be right there witnessing the learning and growing.
Your work is very impressive and shows a wise way of thinking.

You might want to browse this link to join a group which is a great way to connect with members.

I look forward to seeing you soon on-line here.
Warm wishes,

Katie McDonald's picture

Welcome to PulseWire

Hello Tilonia,

Welcome to PulseWire.

It sounds like you are doing some very interesting work in the area of social enterprise. I look forward to hearing more about it.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me and I will help you make the most of PulseWire.

Best wishes,


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