Take the field!

These words are by “The First American” , Benjamin Franklin, and perfectly exemplify the philosophy of Vigyan Ashram, Rang De’s field partner in Maharashtra.


Rang De’s Pune team started the month of November by a field visit to Vigyan Ashram in Pabal , followed by a visit to the engineering and fabrication workshop of Ganesh Pawar, a borrower located in the town of Pargaon.


Vigyan Ashram

Vigyan Ashram is a center of Indian Institute Of Education (IIE) Pune, established in 1983 by scientist and educationalist , Late Dr. Kalbag, that caters to the skill development and training needs of the rural youth.Developing entrepreneurial skills is an important part of this educational system. … Read further

Rang De Pune Marathon : Afterthoughts

The re-launch of the Rang De Pune chapter that took place officially in September was a pleasant surprise for all of us, i.e. the parent team and investors like me who have been social investors for more than a year and half. There was a distinct positive energy in the air, evident by the fact that our first meeting was attended by more than 25 people, most of whom were eager to help take forward the Rang De cause in Pune. Mr Ajay Hiraskar (Advisor, Rang De Global Chapters) and Mr Chaitanya Nadkarny (President, Rang De) entrusted Mr Jithu Chandran and yours truly with the responsibility to co-lead the Pune chapter for the first six months.… Read further

Field Trip Diaries – Mumbai Chapter

With BNGVN Staff

Many of us working in the corporate sector have a strong desire to spend at least some of our time doing something more “meaningful” and actually make an impact, somewhere in someone’s lives. And while it is truly commendable that some of us actually do take time off to help out for a cause, I have realised over the past 4 months of my experience at Rang De, that it is imperative to see the ground reality from one’s own eyes. To get a holistic vision of all the work we do in trying to make a difference, there can be no better experience that hitting the field.… Read further

OnePlus and RangDe.org come together to harness the ‘Power of One’


In a first of its kind partnership, OnePlus and Rang De join hands to empower the rural women entrepreneurs in India. Read on to know more…

The Campaign ‘Power of One’ encourages individuals to make a difference in others’ lives, on the occasion of ‘Joy of Giving’ week


OnePlus, a fast growing global technology startup, and RangDe.org, India’s first internet-based peer-to-peer micro-lending organization, today announced the ‘Power of One’ initiative to empower women entrepreneurs on the occasion of the Joy of Giving Week, starting today. The campaign leverages power of crowdfunding to raise affordable micro-loans for women from low-income, rural families empowering them to start or scale up their livelihood activities.… Read further

Weaving Success: Kolkata Field Visit to KSDF, Thakurpukur

Rang De had just initiated a Kolkata Chapter and as newly joined members of the organisation, we were very curious to know more about their model and ongoing projects. We decided to start off with our very first field visit to the Thakurpukur unit of the Kalighat Society for Development Facilitation along with Debanjana. It was indeed a joyful experience to take a day off from the regular monotonous work life and visit a bunch of enthusiasts. KSDF is one of Rang De’s field partner in West Bengal and apart from micro-finance lending activities it also provides vocational training and livelihood development support to the communities it works with.… Read further

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