At the Field

Chalo Bihar!

- Chaitanya Nadkarny, Rang De President If you are tuned into Rang De’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, you know that we made it to the final list of social innovators in Bihar and Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Missions programs.  The Bihar Innovation Forum awarded Rang De the third prize in the Financial Services sector – something to be really proud about given the credibility and track record of all finalists in this sector.  So why are we at Rang De so excited about these missions and in particular, working in Bihar?  What does it mean to you – our social investor – to our Field Partners and to the borrowers? If Bihar were a separate country, it would have been among the 12 most populous countries in the world.  It has some of the worst HDI figures in this country (and hence also in the world).  A whopping 53.5% of its people live below the poverty line. Nearly 80% of Bihar’s rural population do...
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Milestones

Ashoka India Future Forum – “The Maha Kumbh of the Social Space”

- Smita Ram, Rang De co-founder and Managing Trustee Rang De co-founders Ram NK and Smita Ram recently returned from the 3 day Ashoka India Future Forum 2013 where they interacted with over 170 Ashoka Fellows from the across the country. Presenting Smita’s experience at the Ashoka #IndiaFF.   In 1980, Bill Drayton founded Ashoka – a global organization that recognises outstanding social entrepreneurs and works with them to help facilitate long term social change. I believe the term “Ashoka” is apt as I am reminded of Emperor Ashoka who after having conquered, gave it all up. Cut to 2013 June 27th to 29th at the sprawling Infosys campus spread across 115 acres. An incredible experience to see 170 Ashoka Fellows from across the length and breadth of the country participating in the Future Forum along with the founder Bill Drayton. For the 70 years young Bill Drayton, it must have been a milestone moment to see...
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Milestones

As we turn 5…

Rang De was started with a desire to make a difference. 5 years on, we believe we are on our way to doing just that. This 26th January, Rang De turned 5 and through the highs and lows of our journey, we’ve impacted more than 19,000 households. We’d like to thank everyone in the Rang De family for the love and support they have continually shown us! This year, we pledge to work with renewed focus to reach our goals and make our platform and initiative as transparent as possible. We take this opportunity to share exciting news with you. The last five years have seen social investors from 27 different countries join us and now, we’d like to welcome the entire world to join us! We’re thrilled to announce that we now accept social investments from Foreign Nationals too. Look forward to welcoming all at Rang De! Another project that we have spent the last many months working on is redesigning our website...
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Rang De 2012 Moments!

2012 has been an eventful year for Rang De. Presenting our Top 10 moments of the year! Rang De presented Leadership Expert and globally-acclaimed author Robin Sharma in Bangalore in February 2012. Robin Sharma presented ‘Winning Leadership Lessons’ to build a great organization in his seminar, ‘Lead Without a Title’ The Rang De team met Prof. Muhammad Yunus at the Bombay Gymkhana in February at an event organized by Grameen Creative Labs, India to brainstorm and come up with a strategy to build a “Social Business” ecosystem in India. Rang De Co-founder and CEO Ramakrishna Nk was formally inducted into the Ashoka Fellowship in September 2012! 9 other change makers were inducted and recognized for their outstanding social entrepreneurship. Rang De was the 1st runner up in the ‘Best use of Internet for Social & Economic Development’ at the 2nd India Digital Awards! Rang De also won the SAFRG (South Asian International Fund Raising Group) Fund raising Campaign of the year Award – New Media for its ‘World Cup Fever’ Campaign....
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