Metro columnist Dan Casey: Woman is improving lives halfway around the globe
The following excerpt comes from the The Roanoke Times and was originally published on July 5, 2012.
“Natalie Mundy never dreamed that her Peace Corps stint in a mountainous village of Madagascar would result in a globe-spanning business in prized, hand-woven silk scarves.
Or that it would attract the attention of an internationally known filmmaker, who would set out to make a documentary about it.
The first is a reality; the second is close to done. It was the reason for a reception and cocktail party last week at the Roanoke County home of her father, Marshall Mundy, and his wife, Monika Mundy.
Natalie, 26, got out of the Peace Corps in May. She's pursing a graduate degree in international development and is engaged to a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Dan Branch. They met on the plane that took them to the island nation, 300 miles off the southeastern coast of Africa.
But the silk export business she left behind in the town of Sandrandahy (pop. about 1,000) is thriving, and bringing significant revenue to Federation Sahalandy, a collective of 91 people, almost all women, whom Natalie refers to as ‘the Silkies.’”
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