A “Sandesh” from the field

Debanjana and Parikshit, Rang De chapter members in Kolkata, recently completed a field trip to Sandeshkali (near Kolkata). Here they write about their experience and share some important observations.

With the "Rani " SHG in Sandeshkali

The evolution of Rang De over the past 5 years in particular has ben staggering but its presence in Kolkata was absent. When we first decided on initiating a Kolkata chapter, it felt like a good idea to understand the model right down to the grass root level. And thus the idea of visiting one of the fields with one of Rang De’s Kolkata based field partners was born.

We met Chinmoy Naik, who, along with Antony Mondal, took us to the village of Sandeshkhali, a fair bit outside the realms of Kolkata and the urban living ways.… Read further

A Field Trip: an experience that moved me in more ways than one

Shaily Gupta is a Rang De social investor based in US. On a recent trip to Calcutta, she teamed up with the Rang De team for a field visit. Here’s what Shaily has to say about her experience.

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Selfie Time ! At the Thakurpukur unit, with the women and the KSDF team

The sun was about to set on a typical humid day over the bustling suburbs of Calcutta and traffic on the side streets seems to be moving at its usual pace; but this was not a usual day for me – there are few days in our lives which enrich life with real community experiences as today did.… Read further

It starts with the girls

“Our girls are leaving the boys behind. It is becoming increasing difficult to find suitable husbands for them.”

That little nugget of information was imparted to us by a US returned doctor who had spent a major portion of his professional life in the service of the marginalized tribal populations in Tamil Nadu. We were listening to him take us through the history of the efficient and truly impressive hospital he had helped build. Staffed and managed entirely by the community members, the hospital provides first rate curative health services to nearly 25,000 tribals.

Talking about the preventive health program led to a discussion about education which inevitably led to talks about higher education and the at-risk youth population.… Read further

The doors of perception

This is a post by Rang De’s team member, Hitesh Bhatt about his recent trip to Parvati Swayamrojgar

If the doors of perception are cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.- William Blake

On 6th of October, on the occasion of Baqr’Eid, the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year, I got another opportunity to meet our Rang De borrowers and join them in celebration. Pune, a city which celebrates every festival with a zeal that I have not experienced elsewhere in the country, was the place I went to meet our impact partner (PSW- Parvati Swayamrojgar) and the borrowers.… Read further

Shattered dreams and Rebuilding hopes: The story of Ms. Nayana Padhi

By Kedareswar Choudhury, Chief Executive, Darbar Sahitya Sansad (Rang De Field Partner, Orissa)

Ms. Nayana padhi (35 yrs)and her family live in Indalkusiari village of Balipatana block of Khordha district, Odisha. Nayana lives there with her husband Suresh Panda, aged 39 yrs and son Mrutunjaya, aged 8 yrs. They have a small hut and a sewing machine as asset. Suresh works as a casual labourer. Nayana supplements the family income by doing Applique work( handicraft) and tailoring. She has also availed a loan from DSS/Rang De for the second time.

This flood has been a curse to the family as it is for the entire village.… Read further