At the Field

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. Sanju, the person who driving me around informed me that the property prices in Nagpur were almost equivalent to Bangalore. One of the most talked about aspect after every SAGRAS visit is the ever popular ‘Bhakti’ hotel and its Maharashtrian food. Rang De Team...
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Chapters

Add a Tagline!

By Deepa Roongta, Rang De Mumbai Chapter We at the Rang De Mumbai Chapter recently ran an “Add a Tagline” campaign for Rang De’s social investors based in Mumbai. The camapign was a success and many of our social investors went ahead and added different taglines a part of their email signature. Some of the tag lines they have come up with are: Small loans Big …Impacts. Log on to www.rangde.org to make a social investment today! Let’s knock out poverty in India. Log on to www.rangde.org to make a social investment today! I am a Rang De Social Invetsor. Are you? Log on to www.rangde.org to know more. The first five social investors who added the taglines and won a Rang De T-shirt each are: Mr. Amey Kolhatkar Jayalal Gopi Makarand Pundalik Dr.D.V.Punwani Sameer Samant Thanks a lot to each one of you and all others who have added the above taglines as a part of your email signature. This will help...
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Chapters

Three events, three cities, three chapters – the week that was!

By Smita Ram, Rang De Team Last week the buzz at Rang De was an unprecedented high. The high was felt in the number of investments that picked up dramatically during the weekend. While Suresh representing Rang De at the Pune event was just the beginning, the Rang De Operations team created quite a frenzy at the SRM tech fest. The boxing gloves sure did add to building the momentum. The involvement from the student community went beyond the punch bag and the boxing gloves. Their genuine interest to volunteer and make a social investment was an eye opener. The Mumbai chapter that was raring to go had their first public event at Start Up city. Seven volunteers along with Shirley created awareness and excitement among the participants of the Silicon India Start Up City event. While I only got to see the pictures, the excitement levels drove me to wishing that I was there....
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Mumbai

Mumbai Calling

Mumbai is a city known to be full of life and we just realised nothing can be more true than this. The Rang De Mumbai chapter has taken off and we are completely thrilled about it. Mitesh one of our social investors took the initiative to get a few friends together and what started off as an informal group is now in full swing. A whole load of activities have been lined up by the Mumbai chapter. Some of them are: 1) Volunteering at the Start up City Event in Mumbai – for the first time Rang De volunteers will be managing a full fledged stall on their own 2) Rang De Friends’ meet – an informal get together of everyone who cares about Rang De and want to participate actively. 3) An evaluation trip – trip to Nagpur or Pusad – to meet borrowers of Rang De and meet with our field partners 4) One corporate event featuring Rang De Phew…there is quite...
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