On the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day, Chaitanya reflects on the meaning of freedom.
I find Amartya Sen’s definition of Development quite unique and interesting — he says development is the removal of unfreedoms. It is interesting that unfreedom is not a common word — even spell check flags it as a mistake. That apart, this definition does have a lot of meaning and depth. We see developed nations and societies as those where majority have a lot of freedom. Conversely lack of opportunity to pursue one’s dreams, inability to acquire good healthcare, non-availability of jobs with meaningful work, etc. are examples of “unfreedom”.
At RangDe.Org we believe access to capital (or money, wealth) is one such important need in today’s times. Those with the money (either their own, or inherited, or with well-to-do parents/guardians) experience a lot more freedom in how they can lead their lives — what they study, how much they study, where they study etc. Those who are older have the opportunity for other freedoms — work in a job, start a small venture, get treated at a private hospital etc.
Rang De is a technology platform to reach that part of India which does not enjoy this freedom. We want these fellow citizens to experience a kind of access to opportunities that is otherwise denied. We do this through giving them access to micro-loans made possible and affordable through crowdfunding principles. Since 2008, we have raised over 38000 loans worth over ₹32 crores for 26000 families — funded by 7800+ individual “social investors” and a handful corporates. We aim to reach to much larger numbers and bring new found freedoms to their family members. Join us in this mission. Poverty is a man-made disease that too can be eradicated.