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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Borrowers

To the achievers!

By Smita Ram, Rang De Team Grace, passion, strength, sacrifice, resilience ..I run short of words when I try and describe what a woman embodies. Personally, it disturbs me to see women being denied opportunities based on gender. I have seen and experienced us women losing out on opportunities – be it economic, social, physical or emotional and it saddens me. But I do not see this changing unless many of us begin to question such situations.  In fact I see these denial of opportunities becoming a norm which could be detrimental. As far as Rang De goes, this women’s day definitely belongs to the women entrepreneurs and their enterprising spirit.  Here are a few women who I have met during my journey at Rang De. Their passion and attitude to life re-ignited that spark in me. Fahim, an entrepreneur in Pusad, Yavatamal District makes candles. Sagras is one of Rang De’s field partners in Maharastra. Fahim: An entrepreneur in Pusad, Yavatmal. We...
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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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