Borrowers

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. Crossing through the posh areas of Pune, I finally reached the slums of Ghorpadi.   What a stark difference in lifestyle you can see within the same city. On...
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At the Field

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. This is a short break and I decided to write about my journey so far. So here I go… The Jabalpur airport is located about ten kilometers’ away from the city and the drive took...
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At the Field

Notes from the Field- Orissa

Hitesh Bhatt, Rang De’s newest team member, is a part of the Impact team. He just came back from a trip to Orissa where he visited our field partners, Darbar Sahita Sansad (DSS) and Nari and Shishu Kalyan Kendra (NSKS) Orissa, the land of temples, lakes, rivers and dense forests, is also home to fabulous people and awesome food. This was my first visit to the state and I fell hopelessly in love with it. During the course of five days in the outskirts and villages of Bhubaneshwar, Khurda Road, and Balasore, I got the opportunity to interact with local people, Rang De borrowers and the staff members of our field partners in Orissa. It is often said that people with fewer worldy things are usually generous with their possessions, time and hospitality. I can now...
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Rang De Field Update- Manipur

This post is by Rang De’s Chief Financial Officer Soumya Jayaram who just came back from her first field visit to Manipur. Manipur is blessed with natural beauty and grace much like the rest of North East India. The population is highly literate but has limited employment opportunities within the state. Interest in traditional hill farming and weaving is waning amongst the younger generation because profitability remains low. Most of the mothers (Rang De borrowers) I interacted with over the course of my three day visit had similar dreams for their children, that they study hard, become doctors, nurses, IAS officers. In the face of such challenges, the work that organizations like SEVA Manipur (Self Employed Voluntary Association) are doing to promote sustainable livelihoods and mentor weavers and rural entrepreneurs becomes doubly important. Presented here in...
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