These words are by “The First American” , Benjamin Franklin, and perfectly exemplify the philosophy of Vigyan Ashram, Rang De’s field partner in Maharashtra.
Rang De’s Pune team started the month of November by a field visit to Vigyan Ashram in Pabal , followed by a visit to the engineering and fabrication workshop of Ganesh Pawar, a borrower located in the town of Pargaon.
Vigyan Ashram is a center of Indian Institute Of Education (IIE) Pune, established in 1983 by scientist and educationalist , Late Dr. Kalbag, that caters to the skill development and training needs of the rural youth.Developing entrepreneurial skills is an important part of this educational system. … Read further
Many of us working in the corporate sector have a strong desire to spend at least some of our time doing something more “meaningful” and actually make an impact, somewhere in someone’s lives. And while it is truly commendable that some of us actually do take time off to help out for a cause, I have realised over the past 4 months of my experience at Rang De, that it is imperative to see the ground reality from one’s own eyes. To get a holistic vision of all the work we do in trying to make a difference, there can be no better experience that hitting the field.… Read further
- 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
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.
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By Smita Ram, Rang De Team
Members of the Rang De Mumbai Chapter campaign at Start up City Mumbai, their first public event.
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.… Read further