This year has been a big one as she volunteered at the Engineers Without Borders, published her first photography pieces, successfully crowd funded her attendance at the International Development Design Summit in Zambia and saw her little sister get married before embarking on a journey to live and work in India for six months.
She also loves an adventure; her highlights include walking 890 kilometres from France to the Atlantic Ocean and building a bike and riding it up the Mediterranean coast. She enjoys rock climbing, camping and the simplicity and solitude found in the mountains. When she travels, she likes to hitchhike, couchsurf and rely on the generosity of others, continuing to put herself out to the world to meet and learn from new people.
Bianca is currently working in the south of India with The Covenant Centre for Development (CCD), a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that strives to improve the livelihoods of landless families and the marginalised rural poor. Wild medicinal herb collection and sale to market is one way that families in these areas can access additional income, farming isn’t an option for a lot of landless families. Through social enterprise the NGO has worked to develop a model that allows these collectors avenues to market receiving fair prices for their goods. The collectors and villagers own the enterprise so the profits go directly back to the community.
World Nomads is sending Sanchez the camera with her to India in January, to help her combine her love of photography and travel with her engineering placement. Right now Bianca is looking at developing and introducing appropriate technology that will improve the processing of these herbs and, in the future, to generate more employment at a grass roots level.
Bianca has chosen the one of the only family pictures she has from the last five years. After spending a lot of time in rural and remote areas with families who had little more than a photo or two to document their family history she came to appreciate the importance of what that photo might mean in many years time and realised she had none herself. Bianca returned to Australia late last year after nearly three years away, her little sister would soon be wed and her mother started to strongly feel her absence. This photo was taken at the bachelorette party of her little sister.