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.


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

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.


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

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