At the Field

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. I came across one such inspiring story last year which my made me take a step back and provoked me to ask “How?” Last year, 19 students of class VII from Abhimanyu Eng. Medium School, Pune raised Rs.900 to invest in Rang De borrowers and became Rang De’s youngest social investors. Rang De borrowers are...
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At the Field

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? Did our Rs.1/- per day really helped anyone? Did those people even exist? 4th October 2013. 9.30 AM. We left from our tiny school in Warje and headed to Ghorpadi, where Rang De’s field partner Parvati Swayamrojgar Sanstha had their office .We were to meet ‘The’...
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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. Then there were questions. Lots of questions. Some of the students asked. “Didi, whom are we going to invest in?”, “ Didi, do you know them?”, “ Didi, when will get our returns?”, “Didi, what is the interest %?” A meek voice also said, “Didi can you please teach me again how to calculate...
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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.    What 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 . Unsure of itself first, but braving the winds nevertheless. I can see this little brave flame in my class. I saw the matches strike each other and create small sparks when I first discussed Rang De in class and the work that Rang De and its many social investors do together. How small savings from many people...
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