Wealth out of waste: Rang De borrowers in Bangalore

Rohit Parakh is the President of Rang De UK Chapter and an avid Rang De supporter. Here he writes about his recent visit to Bangalore where he caught up with some waste management entrepreneurs that Rang De had funded.

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After being involved with Rang De as a volunteer for what seems like forever I was quite excited to visit Rang De’s borrowers who run dry waste collection centres (DWCC) with Hasirudula during my recent trip to India. Being my first field visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was keen to learn.

Our first stop was to meet Sadashivaiah who runs a dry waste collection centre in Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru.… Read further

How many more freedom struggles

On the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day, Chaitanya reflects on the meaning of freedom.

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I find Amartya Sen’s definition of Development quite unique and interesting – he says development is the removal of unfreedoms.  It is interesting that unfreedom is not a common word – even spell check flags it as a mistake.  That apart, this definition does have a lot of meaning and depth.  We see developed nations and societies as those where majority have a lot of freedom.  Conversely lack of opportunity to pursue one’s dreams, inability to acquire good healthcare, non-availability of jobs with meaningful work, etc.Read further

Question Everything

“Are women and men treated equally where you come from?”

“How far do women have to travel to get drinking water?”

“Do they have camels there?”

When we (by that i mean the Rang De team/ volunteers) go out on field visits, more often than not, all of us are running against a clock. The schedule is packed, we have people to meet, questions to ask and observations to record. And despite our best intentions most of the times our interactions with the community end up being one sided. We go there to understand the latent and expressed needs of the community members so we ask probing questions and we listen as they speak, sometimes haltingly but mostly candidly, about their lives, their hopes and dreams.… Read further

A river runs through it

This is a post by Tanvi, a member of Rang De’s Impact team, on her recent visit to Bihar

Bihar, home to nearly 104 million Indians, is one of the poorest states in India. 36 out of the 37 districts in the state rank amongst the 250 most backward districts in the country. North Bihar is particularly vulnerable to floods and in the year 2008 Kosi river flood displaced over 3 million individuals. Regions of North Bihar also fall within the “Red Corridor“, regions which have been affected adversely by Naxal violence over the past few decades.

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The women of Muskaan SHG were fasting for Ramazan but treated us to delicious rasgollas after the meeting

Two weeks ago I undertook my maiden trip to Patna and north Bihar.… Read further

Back to the Field

By Shital Pawar, Impact Team - Rang De

Bahadarpur is a small village in Parola Block of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. After a night long journey from Pune, I and my colleague Hitesh reached the place to spend two days with the community. Like many other villages in the region, Bahadarpur also suffers issues of frequent drought, lack of irrigation and load shedding for almost 12 hours every day but in spite of all the difficulties, Bahadarpur is on a dedicated journey towards reaching complete self-reliance. This has definitely not happened overnight! The efforts of Ms. Nilima Mishra – the Ramon Magsaysay award winner – and her team of Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN) has been facilitating this.… Read further