A life changing field visit to Pusad!

- Sowmya Nandan, Rang De Chief Impact Officer
 
Rang De’s Chief Impact Officer recently returned from her first field visit to Pusad, Maharashtra and brought back with her inspiring stories of our borrowers and field partner, SAGRAS. Here’s a look at the field visit that left her short of words.
 

Every field visit has a different learning scenario and my last field visit to Pusad to meet our field partner SAGRAS (Samagra Gram Vikas Sanstha) had a lot of lessons to teach me! The lessons began even before I set foot in Pusad. The five hour road trip from Nagpur to Pusad opened my eyes to how the apartment culture is encroaching everywhere, not just the cities.… Read further

The Story of a Quilt

BlogI’d like to share a story today; a story that is apt for Women’s Day.

The story goes like this. A few years ago, at a community meeting for women, someone asked the group, “As a woman, what is that one skill you have that can contribute economically?” A few women responded. one said “making agarbattis” and another said ‘making pickles’ and the answers stopped. Then, after a long pause, a woman asked “What can I do, apart from making “godhadis?”The group had a good laugh about this seemingly trivial idea. What was pushed aside as a laughable suggestion is now changing the life of close to 2000 women in the village of Bahadarpur in the Jalagaon district of Maharashtra.Read further

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!
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The Freedom Bus!

The group interacting with borrowers!

The group interacting with borrowers!

By Smita Ram, Rang De Team

On 13th August 43 of us set out on a roadtrip to Pusad covering close to 2000 kms, cutting across the boundaries of 3 states.  Pusad – a small town in the heart of the Vidarbha region was the unheard of destination.  To think that 43 individuals, most of them complete strangers would spend the next 72 hours together  travelling and sharing their views on social change and Rang De was unthinkable until a week ago for all of us who were part of the Freedom Bus.

It all started with the spark of an idea.… Read further

Call to make a difference

Your phone calls can change lives.

Every month, we touch base with our borrowers to see how they are doing and if our loans have been helpful or not. With the rising number of people we are investing in, we need more and more support from you. Click on the image above for more details on how you can help. Do forward this to those in your circle whom you think can help.

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