Hope is when the local vendors and laborers of Matheran, a hill station in India, work hard to sustain and improve their local economy, and many of them do it with a smile. It’s much easier to blame others and complain than do the hard work to improve one’s life. These ordinary folk are India’s unsung heroes and they give me hope.

More to come on my trip to Matheran in the next blog entries!

Fruit vendor as you enter Matheran

Lemon juice for sale!

Human rickshaw

Women from the village walked several kilometers to deliver bales of hay.