Adding Colour to Independence Day Celebrations in London

October 13, 2016
By Rang De Team

Our chapters help us spread the word about our mission to tackle poverty in rural India through affordable crowdsourced microcredit in novel ways. Some members of the Rang De UK Chapter even presented at the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) atthe House of Lords

As all of India and Indians across the world celebrated our 67th Independence Day earlier this year, London wasn’t too far behind. Rang De’s cofounder even wrote about how the P2P lending sector is growing and showing a lot of hope in India.

On 29th August, more than 10,000 Indians gathered at the Indian Gymkhana Club in Hounslow, London to mark India’s 69th anniversary of independence.

The energy was high as more than 3,000 people painted a 370 square metre Indian flag using 60 litres of paint and set a world record.

The list of dignitaries addressing the crowd included local parliamentarians, senior members of the Indian High Commission and other guests such as Indian MPs Ram Vilas Paswan and Shazia Ilmi.

The event saw various charities and non-profit organisations setting up stalls in order to spread the word about their good work back in the motherland.

All of us at the Rang De UK Chapter were lucky to get an opportunity to set up a stall — it has been one of our biggest opportunities to reach out to the Indian diaspora! The Rang De team was quite excited about the event and we carried out a lot of planning before the big day.

Rang De UK volunteers at the Independence Day event in London

We had volunteers and committee members spending the entire day at the stall— whether it be talking about Rang De’s strategy, the impact over eight years (see our work with farmers over the period) or the ways Non-Resident Indians can participate and invest, we covered it all.

A lot of people showed great enthusiasm and there was also quite a lot of challenges and questions raised by a few skeptics; it was a valuable opportunity to enhance our ability to speak on behalf of the organisation.

We aimed to educate as many people as possible and pique their curiosity with the hope that at least some of them would experiment with the idea of extending microcredit support to low income entrepreneurs in India through Rang De.

The day was long but all the volunteers showed great commitment, sacrificing their well-earned weekend and covering as many people as possible in their attempt to spread the word.

Some even missed out on having a proper lunch — all for a great cause!

It was a wrap by about 5.30pm in the evening and, justifiably, the team celebrated the successful day afterwards. We are delighted to have such a team of committed volunteers here in the United Kingdom and to have this opportunity to speak about Rang De!

Are you based outside the country? Are you interested in forming a chapter so that you can get more Indian expatriates involved in the cause of poverty alleviation in India through affordable, crowdsourced microcredit? Do write in to empathy@rangde.org and we would be happy to discuss further how we can do just that!