The Free Press

Paige Mueller for The Free Press I was laying beneath my mosquito net after a particularly emotionally draining day in Nigeria, when I logged on to check my emails and my jaw fell open in surprise. I had one new email. One that I wasn’t expecting even a little bit. The subject line read, “A…

Where is home?

This article was featured in Feminist Space Camp magazine in November 2019. You can visit the site to see the online issue here: CLICK ME! By: Paige Mueller Sometimes home is a place I’ve been thousands of times before. A place I know so well I can tell you what time the sun hits the…

Confronting my White Saviour Complex

This is something I’ve wanted to write for a long time now. Reading it might make you feel uncomfortable. I sure as hell felt uncomfortable while writing it. And that’s a good thing. That’s the whole point actually. If I was doing what I do (working in development as a white woman in countries with…

Seeing past the statistics

Approximately 35 white plastic chairs huddled under a tin-roofed awning extending from an empty concrete building into the red mud of the village road. Rain dripped off the ends of the tin sheets and created a thunderous racket for those of us sitting underneath its shelter. I was there with six colleagues from GPI, our…

Remember why you’re here?

Sweat dripped between my shoulder blades and pooled in the fabric of my jumpsuit as I walked up the steps to a small, one-storey concrete building at the far end of the courtyard. I followed Endy, my “manager” at Girls Power Initiative, blinded in a delightful way by the sun reflecting off her rainbow-sequined high…

What to say a week before I go away

Over the last few days I’ve sat down to write this blog post no fewer than four times. The first time, I spouted some nonsensical metaphor about the unfamiliar, the unknown and a deep, dark body of water. I was trying wayyyyy too hard.  The next two times, I felt like I wasn’t writing for…

Moving to Nigeria

Hey blog followers… it’s been awhile! I have some super exciting news to share and that’s why I’m jumping back on the blog wagon. As you can probably guess from the extremely straightforward and non-creative title of this post, I’m moving to Nigeria (and no, I have not fallen victim to a 419 scam)! I’m…

Williams Lake Tribune

Paige Mueller for the Williams Lake Tribune On October 12th, 2017 I drove along a winding highway that delivered me into Williams Lake, a small town in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia. I’d just been hired on for a six-week contract with the local newspaper, the Williams Lake Tribune. Strangely enough, I’d read about…

Moving for Farming: An Agricultural Cooperative Making a Difference

As part of a collaboration with the Nepal Agricultural Co-operative Federation Ltd., I travelled to the town of Chitlang in central Nepal to meet with farmers and tell the story of their wildly successful co-operative! Learn all about the inspiring entrepreneurs in this short video documentary, Moving for Farming: An Agricultural Cooperative Making a Difference.

Hidden Culture: The Bankariya People of Nepal

During my time in Nepal, I had the great good fortune to spend some time with the once-nomadic Bankariya ethnic group deep in the forests of southern Nepal. I created this short documentary in order to introduce the group to a world that is mostly unaware of their existence, triumphs, and struggles.

Nepal Herbs Traders

As part of my work with Uniterra in Nepal, I produced a series of short promotional videos for various small business owners in Nepal’s herbal industry for the Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association.

Earthbeats

http://www.earthbeats.ca Earthbeats is a social enterprise co-founded by myself and Nadia Roy while living and working in Nepal for a year with Uniterra, a Canadian-sponsored development program. It began as a seed planted deep in the back of Nadia’s mind and with the support of countless partners, blossomed to the people-driven small business that it…