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Run for a cause! Take part in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

    What is the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon? The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is an event that gets the community in Delhi pumped and motivated to push their limits and experience the joy of running. The 11th edition of ADHM is being conducted on the 21st of October 2018. ADHM is also a […]

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Changemaker stories: T P Janani supports change through empowerment
Changemaker stories: T P Janani supports change through empowerment

“One thing I like about Rang De is the approach that they have taken towards helping or supporting people. The very idea that it is not handout based, is something interesting.” This endorsement is from T P Janani, a lawyer based out of Hyderabad in Telangana and one of Rang De’s changemakers. Janani doesn’t remember […]

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Manish’s Changemaker story: “You have to give back to the community that helped you. It’s a cycle”
Manish’s Changemaker story: “You have to give back to the community that helped you. It’s a cycle”

Manish Aggarwal is a Rang De changemaker who currently lives in Sydney, Australia. PC: Manish Aggarwal Seven years ago, Manish Aggarwal was on google, searching for avenues to invest money in a social cause that would provide nominal returns. That was when he first came across Rang De. The first loan he provided was to a […]

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Swabhimaan

Why we need to talk about financial inclusion and behaviour change
Why we need to talk about financial inclusion and behaviour change

Under Swabhimaan, our program to promote financial inclusion in rural communities, we have linked the disbursal of a loan to a financial literacy and assessment module. At Rang De, our aim when implementing projects has always been to bring about long-term change in the communities we work with. A similar motive guided us when we […]

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Swabhimaan — one year on
Swabhimaan — one year on

Smita Ram, the managing trustee and co-founder of Rang De, addresses the first borrowers enrolled under Swabhimaan at Yeshwantpura village in Kolar district, Karnataka. The Women’s Day celebration on 8th March 2018 was special for us here at Rang De, as we spent it with our borrowers in Yeshwantpura village in the Kolar district of […]

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Why financial inclusion for women matters: field trip to rural Rajasthan
Why financial inclusion for women matters: field trip to rural Rajasthan

A woman stands in her family farm in a village in Ajmer district, in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. Rang De has been providing low-cost livelihood loans to communities in the region over the past two years. PC: Ahinsa The husband chose to answer all the questions we put to his wife, and he wasn’t […]

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Education

“An education loan helped me start my studies”: Swapnali’s story
“An education loan helped me start my studies”: Swapnali’s story

Swapnali’s father (right) encouraged her to pursue her higher studies Swapnali Deshmukh first shifted to Mumbai in 2012, right after completing her Class XII. Swapnali is from Roha, a small town in the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, where she lives with her family. She moved out of her town to train as an optometrist at the […]

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A small town boy’s pursuit of his dream to dance: Praveen Bagore’s story
A small town boy’s pursuit of his dream to dance: Praveen Bagore’s story

– Unlike many of the students we meet during the course of our field evaluation, the bearded young man standing in front of us, wearing a red shirt, is completely at ease, “I’ve done so many interviews before, so I’m comfortable with it now” he says. This is 20-year old Praveen Bagore, a third year […]

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From Skilling to Entrepreneurship: Pratham Institute’s work over the years
From Skilling to Entrepreneurship: Pratham Institute’s work over the years

The scale of Pratham’s work in education over the previous few decades often overshadows their work in fields such as vocational training and livelihood generation. In Pic: Students passing out of Pratham Institute pose for a picture. PC: Pratham In nearly a quarter of a century of its existence, the Non-Governmental Organisation Pratham has come to […]

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Livelihoods

Photo Essay: Life in the hills of Uttarakhand
Photo Essay: Life in the hills of Uttarakhand

Early this summer, I was on an arduous trek — made difficult only because it was after a hearty meal — to meet Pushpa Devi, one of our borrowers in Dehradun’s Lakhamandal. While we sat down at Pushpa’s house, I heard about her temperamental cow, quite aptly called Kali. Kali doesn’t allow anyone else but Pushpa to handle her — whether […]

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Photo Essay: the weavers of Srikakulam
Photo Essay: the weavers of Srikakulam

The Vamshadhara Weavers Producers company office in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh We are about 40 kilometres from Srikakulam, the coastal district in Andhra Pradesh abutting Southern Odisha. The board members of the Vamshadhara Producer Company are sitting around a circle, discussing the previous year’s finances. Vamshadhara, which currently works with some 120 weavers in the remote, rural […]

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Izzat Ghar: encounters with the Swachh Bharat Mission in rural Uttar Pradesh
Izzat Ghar: encounters with the Swachh Bharat Mission in rural Uttar Pradesh

Izzat Ghar or House of Honour. I was surprised to see a toilet painted with the sign in rural Uttar Pradesh. Izzat Ghar. I squinted to confirm what I had just glimpsed that spring afternoon in Tigai village in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh. I was there to meet the Rang De borrowers in the […]

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Latest Updates

Run for a cause! Take part in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
August 14, 2018 by Rang De Team

    What is the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon? The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is an event that gets the community in Delhi pumped and motivated to push their limits and experience the joy of running. The 11th edition of ADHM is being conducted on the 21st of October 2018. ADHM is also a […]

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The Human Race: a fundraiser showcasing a story of true grit
The Human Race: a fundraiser showcasing a story of true grit
July 2, 2018 by Rang De Team

Dr Samarth shared the story of taking part in the Race Across America (RAAM) The Human Race was a fundraiser organised by Rang De on 1 July 2018, about the journey of Dr Amit Samarth. Dr Samarth is a medical doctor and endurance athlete who became the first Indian to complete the Race Across America (RAAM), […]

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An unorthodox choice: a year of working in the social sector
An unorthodox choice: a year of working in the social sector
June 27, 2018 by Rang De Team

Meeting our borrowers is an integral part of the field trips undertaken by the Impact team at Rang De I was born in the 90s. Yes, the same generation that has grown up alongside India’s digital revolution. There is another silent change which has kept up with the immense change in India post liberalisation: the growth […]

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