Category Archives: Rang De Ideas

Rice was not the staple food everywhere in India

Bablu Ganguly
Did you know that rice was not once the staple food in many places in South India? Did you know where the idea of chewing 32 times while eating came from? Did you know that the cost of gold has gone up 20 times since 1960 but the price of rice has only gone up by three or four times?

CK “Bablu” Ganguly, 59, presided over our latest Rangdezvous, a monthly initiative to help individuals learn from inspirational leaders in the rural development space, held at Thought Works’ office in Bengaluru over the weekend.

A stolid yet charming man dressed in a simple white kurta who instantly commanded the attention of the room with his gregarious persona, Bablu went up in front of an audience of 80 people that hailed from all walks of life and told us about his journey founding the Timbaktu Collective, an NGO that started from nothing and now works with 20,000 families from 170 villages, all of whom now lead improved and dignified lives in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

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A Day with Rang De’s youngest Social Investors

- Madhur Jajoo, Rang De Social Investor and Rang De Pune Chapter Member

A Rang De social investor since December 2011, Madhur Jajoo is also a member of the Rang De Pune Chapter. Madhur accompanied the students of Project Rang De Lives on their first field visit last October and spent a day interacting with the students, Rang De borrowers and our field partner Parvati Swayamrojgar. Here’s his account of the field visit. 
 

Sometimes in life we learn valuable things from children which we adults seldom put serious thought into. And more often than not, this process leaves us with increased wisdom and conscientiousness.… Read further

Jab we Met: Project Rang De Lives’ first Field Visit

Payoshni Saraf, Rang De Social Investor
Project Rang De Lives became Rang De’s youngest social investors in September 2013 and went on their first Field visit this month with their teacher Payoshni Saraf. The class spent the day interacting with Rang De borrowers and our field partner Parvati Swayamrojgar; asking questions about entrepreneurship and business and also had a little surprise for everybody! Here’s an account of their First Field Visit.
 

Tiffins after tiffins were stuffed in school bags. Notepads, pens. Lots of Questions. Today was the day! We were going to see if all that sacrifice was worth it? Was it worth forgoing that new glow pen or Lay’s new flavor?… Read further

Project Rang De Lives: The First Leap

Payoshni Saraf, Rang De Social Investor

In our last blogpost, we introduced Project Rang De Lives where Rang De Social Investor Payoshni Saraf also a Teach for India Fellow introduced the concept of ‘saving’ and ‘investing’ to her 7th graders in Pune. The class saved for a month and recently made their first investment! Here’s an account of their journey.
 

There was excitement. There was tension. There was this little bubble of maturity that was forming, almost like a first step into adolescence. Today is the day. The day when we make us count. The day we make our first Rang De social investment.Read further

Microcredit in a Classroom: Project Rang De Lives

Payoshni Saraf, Rang De Social Investor
Payoshni Saraf is a Rang De Social Investor and a Teach for India Fellow who teaches Grade 7 in an underprivileged school in Pune. She recently introduced Project Rang De Lives in her class which will soon make these seventh graders Rang De’s youngest social investors! Here’s their story. 
 

Payoshni 3What happens when you ignite a young mind?
What happens when you make them look beyond their comfort zone?
What happens when you challenge them to a greater good?
What happens when you make them learn the power of sacrifice?
A small fire is lit.
Flickering but steady .

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