Commercial Units - Integral commerce and industry


The meaning behind a tree
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by Montse   
Monday, 09 January 2012
Uma (Photographer: Upasana)The old and symbolic mother-tree of Upasana felt over their roof during the last cyclone in Auroville. But Uma, the funder of the organization, has decided to keep material frustration aside and focus on the meanings behind this event. Next to the construction site she talks about Upasana, its foundations and the effects of the cyclone over the building and community. Read more

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Smell the Coffee
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by Miriam   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Marc (Photographer: miriam)Aromatic smell of coffee brought us from the far to see how the roasting of coffee looks like. Marc, who's passionate about this magical and aromatical beans for almost two decades, kindly showed us around and told us what it takes for coffee to be properly roasted. For this you need lots of experiences, and personal insight into it, and surely no computer can match the human instinct. For Marc coffee is much more than just a cup of hot beverage, is the time for dialog, it's a way of llfe in the true spirit, enjoying important simple moments Read more

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Upasana Open House
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by Tanja   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Tsunamika dolls (Photographer: Tanja)The textile design studio Upasana had opened their doors last Saturday afternoon to welcome the public with tea and snacks. Many came some even from fare to get to know about the inspiring social development projects that have been created here. During this occasion Uma, the founder of this unit, has shared how she has started Upasana in 1997 in a little hut with only one sewing machine and no electricity and how it developed into what it is today. After Mandakini who is one of the project leaders talked with us about her experiences. Read more

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Earth Day Eco-Market
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by Christine   
Monday, 18 April 2011
Bruno (Photographer: Giorgio)Auroville's Earth Day Week got its kick-off on Saturday April 16th with the Eco-Market at the Solar Kitchen. From 9:30 am to 1:30pm, over fifteen stands gave the opportunity to discover, taste, or buy eco-food or products such as recycled clothes and bags, bicycles at cheaper prices, solar lights, water filters or pesto, marmalade and pickles from Aurovillian eco-farms. Njal informed, yet again, on the petition against Endosulfan and on alternative solutions, selling a wide range of books regarding health and environmental issues as well. Everyone could share the on-spot fire-cooked food or register for any of the coming Guided Tours on Auroville's cycle trails offered during Earth Week. Read more

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Spirit in Sound
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by Mari and Mirjam   
Friday, 25 March 2011
Exhibition at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture (Photographer: Lalit)Svaram started as a social development project with local unemployed youngsters. But in over more than a decade, it has developed into a real research enterprise in sound. It is a work in matter with sounds, which helps to symbolically manifest and reflect, through the craft-work, the deep underlying vision in Auroville. Svaram researches and produces a wide variety of ‘world-music instruments' from original and primal sound- makers to sophisticated string resonators, which find application in the emerging field of music education, sound therapy and personal growth. To Aurelio, musical instruments are like archetypal principles and as such limited to what one can do with them, but it does allow him to manifest some of the research in sound in the quest for that "unique sound of Auroville." Read more

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Made with Love
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by miriam   
Friday, 25 March 2011
Women with Martina (Photographer: page)The difference is in attitude, and to run a successful business or work unit in Auroville, takes much more than just a skillful business plan of action. When you aspire for perfection, it is important to consider the people you work with. Twenty five ladies forms the expertly trained workforce of Naturellement, a unit which produces a wide variety of natural/organic fine foods; everything from Indian pickles to western style breakfast cereals. The surplus of organic fruit grown in Auroville goes into their jams, marmalades and syrups. In over twenty years of existence, always striving for excellence, the results are obvious. We know them by their Naturellement label, by the taste of their delicious products...it starts with selecting the best ingredients, followed by high standards of hygiene. But maybe most important of all is the happy atmosphere among the women, which add the spice of dedication and love! Read more

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Amazing Orchid
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by Miriam   
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Vanilla (Photographer: World web)How to grow vanilla, where, and what benefits Auroville could have from it, was the topic of Patrice Meyniel presentation about vanilla last Thursday, 14th of October at Town Hall. That fascinating fast growing plant from the family of orchid can grow one meter per month, and could be 5o meters long, but needs a support in order to harvest it. Patrice sees in cultivation of vanilla an opportunity because is the second most expensive spice on the planet, and lately artificial vanilla is taking place of the natural grown one. Auroville could be a place for the latest. At his presentation he talked about the plant itself with many useful information on how to to cultivate it, and why the demand for it is so high. Presentation was in French, translated by Luigi to English. Read more

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Sueño convertido en realidad
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by Alex   
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Anne (Photographer: Alex)La entrevista de esta semana es con Anne, una Auroviliana de España que , basada en su sueno de querer crear un ambiente social mas equitativo, empezó a participar en un muy bonito proyecto cooperativo: Nandini. Allí monto una sesión de sastre trayendo belleza y innovación para el vestir. A partir de allí ella nos cuenta su trayectoria emprendedora hasta crear un taller comercial, sus suenos y ideologías para atraer prosperidad y trabajar para generar crecimiento y desarrollo para todos los que estén involucrados en este tan bonito proyecto.

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