Mrs. Shyamala Hiremath, a native of Chicago, moved to India with her husband S.R. Hiremath in 1979 and began a comprehensive program of rural development. Since 1984, she has been directing the work of India Development Service (IDS, India) in Karnataka, which supports over a hundred villages in the areas of education, health, rural industries, wasteland and watershed development, community organizing and micro-credit. During the past two decades, Shyamala and her team of eighty workers have made a real difference in the lives of people in Karnataka. After two decades of living and working in the villages of India, she has not looked back on her decision to serve the people in her adopted homeland.