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At our prodding, Ramola Hivale Carter supplied us with the following account of the working life of her husband, Thomas R. Carter.  Earlier, Tom Carter had himself contributed a wonderful article about Ramola's father, Shamrao Hivale, who, along with his wife Kusum, had devoted his life to working with and for the tribal peoples of Central India.

We have taken the liberty of editing Ramola Hivale Carter's account slightly, primarily to put the author herself into the third person form in which it appears below, and to include her relationship to Shamrao and Kusum Hivale.  If this has resulted in any inelegance or ambiguity, we take responsibility.


Thomas R. Carter

- by Ramola Hivale Carter

At 21, after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1963, Tom Carter went to India to attend Nagpur University’s Post Graduate Teaching Department on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship, not knowing that his love for India would bring him back time and again.

Tom returned to India in 1965 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chengannur, where he worked in poultry development with the Kerala State Department of Animal Husbandry. After completing two years as a volunteer, he joined the Peace Corps staff as an associate director with the Southern Region Office in Bangalore. In 1972, he became Deputy, and then Regional Director, of the Northern Region in New Delhi. After completing his assignment, Tom worked as a Training Consultant with the Peace Corps in Iran, Nepal, India, Micronesia and the United States.

While in New Delhi, he met Ramola Hivale, who was also working there with the Peace Corps. Ramola was the daughter of Shamrao and Kusum Hivale, who were known for their devoted work with the tribal peoples of Central India. Tom and Ramola were married in 1974 and moved to the United States the same year.

For the next seven years, Tom worked in Washington, DC, with the Credit Union/World Council of Credit Unions, first as Planning Specialist and then as Director of International Programs, traveling extensively, primarily to Africa and Latin America.

In 1982, Tom and Ramola returned to New Delhi, along with their three children. Tom had joined the Cooperative League of the USA as their representative in India. From his base in New Delhi, Tom worked in liaison with the following:

  • the government of India;
  • state agencies concerned with cooperation;
  • bilateral, multilateral and private donor organizations;
  • national and state level cooperatives.

In 1989, when the Cooperative League of the USA ended its India program, Tom joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, working as a Senior Advisor to India's National Dairy Development Board, where he worked with: mass education programs for dairy farmers; institutional development programs; and programs for Indian cooperative dairy and oilseed industries.

In January of 2001, Tom and Ramola decided to return to the US to be close to their children, who were all there. Tom still misses India and returns whenever he has the opportunity. He is now working in Washington, DC, as a Technical Advisor on Cooperative Development with the United States Agency for International Development.

- Ramola Hivale Carter


© Ramola Hivale Carter/Thomas R. Carter, 2005.  Reproduced by permission of Ramola Hivale Carter, 2005.
 

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