My name is Mitesh Damania and I have been a Rang De Social Investor since April, 2008. I live in the United States and work in the IT sector.
Many years ago, I googled micro-finance India and stumbled upon Rang De. I used to watch many videos and documentaries on YouTube which is how I got to know about Mr Muhammad Yunus and the role micro-finance can play in tackling causes of poverty.
I believe that I have a good understanding of economics, finance, government, business etc which helps me understand the fundamentals and importance of Rang De’s goals, one of which is is including investing in rural entrepreneurs.
I believe in Rang De because I feel the founders, and the organisation are genuine, sincere, honest and have integrity. I believe the organisation is not a run for profit like much else of what I have seen elsewhere.
Believe me, what a breath of fresh air that is compared to what’s out there!
I feel it is everyone’s duty to help others wherever it is possible.
We are all doing our small part and that is what makes things work. It’s much similar to the spark plug in a car. It’s the smallest piece of a car but it is as important as the big piece.
Whenever I invested, there was no particular set of people or individuals that I targeted. I feel they all had a need but I might have funded people with situations much worse than others such as widows or those with an income less than others.
After a few years, I allowed Rang De to auto-invest on my behalf.
I need people to help me with running a nonprofit that will work with Rang De from the US.
We can also start a chapter here in the Los Angeles area.
Why does poverty still exist? This question has always lingered in my mind. Even though there is more than enough to go around, there are still people who don’t have proper food, or essential items for a proper quality of life.
Real understanding lies in understanding the system that has trapped people in poverty. It’s tough to bring change to a system but it’s much easier on the individual level and that is what Rang De is doing.
It is so unfortunate that there are so many people who don’t partake in helping others. After all, they are also humans like you and me.
Rang De has made it incredibly easy for someone halfway around the world to make a change in rural India. Rang De and its Impact partners have done all the legwork to allow investors to pick rural entrepreneurs in need and to help with a few simple clicks.
Seeing how easy it is, there is absolutely no reason why someone shouldn’t participate.
Nowadays, many people are self-centred and self-absorbed but this is also what makes the Social Investors at Rang De that much more special — they may be rare in numbers but they come with a compassionate heart.
It’s tough to bring change to a system but it’s much easier on the individual level and that is what Rang De is doing. Real understanding lies in understanding the system that has trapped people in poverty.
I am proud to be a Rang De Social Investor.
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