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

Notes from the field: Charaka (Karnataka)

This is an account of the overnight field trip to Charaka in July that was undertaken by Rang De team members and social investors. This write up has been shared by Raghu Chandra, part of Rang De’s tech team
It was a rainy Tuesday morning in July when we started from Bangalore. Within minutes of boarding the bus, most of us fell asleep as we all had a very early morning start! On the way we stopped near Tumkur and had a much needed cup of coffee. As we drew nearer to Sagar in Shimoga District it started raining again. As we peered out of the bus windows we could rich green all around, the beauty of the place is hard to describe and has to be experienced.… Read further

Hindustan ka dil dekho !

This is a blogpost by Hitesh Bhatt, member of Rang De’s impact team who is currently on a field trip to Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

I got another opportunity to go on a field trip to meet our impact partners and our hardworking and enterprising borrowers. And this time it is Madhya Pradesh and I am not alone. Chaitanya is with me as a great mentor and a companion. I am sitting at our partner’s office (Shakti Mahila Sangh) and we are all involved in discussions about how to create greater impact on peoples’ lives and how to measure it better.… Read further