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 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
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
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
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
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