Amul Cooperative was a response to the exploitation of marginal milk producers by traders. Inspired by the success that the milk cooperatives in Gujarat had, a number of cooperatives of dairy farmers and farmers sprung up to gain bargaining power and capitalize on economies of scale. It has, however, been very difficult to replicate the success that Amul achieved though there have been many pockets of excellence including Mulukanoor Women’s Cooperative Dairy in Andhra Pradesh.
Access Livelihood Consulting (ALC), our partner organisation head quartered in Hyderabad, has been working with rural communities to help set up profitable livelihood enterprises that communities can run and operate themselves.… Read further
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
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
The way that Gandhiji would have been proud of.
(This post is authored by Rohit Parakh who is Global Chapters Lead with Rang De and has been an active and pivotal part of our fight against poverty in India. He recently went for a field trip to one of our Impact Partners, Charkha. Here is his story.)
Weaving social change at Charaka!
I was recently reading the book India of My Dreams by Mahatma Gandhi which is a collection of his writings and speeches and one of the key points he makes in the book is for India to truly develop its villages have to progress.… Read further
By Smita Ram, Rang De Team
Trading of Just Change produce
The free markets come with a promise of freedom and democracy. But how ‘free’ are the markets? With social inequity and the bargaining power to purchase and sell being held with a few, there is very little that the vast majority of Indians can do but become victims of the exploitative nature of the markets.… Read further