By Shirley Ghosh, Rang De Team
The Rang De field partner meet on Dec 11 and 12 was packed with events as Rang De’s field partners had come from places across India. You can read the blogpost titled “Rang De field partner meet” if you haven’t read it.
Kalyan from the Pan IIT foundation explains its ‘Reach for India’ program. The program attempts to use micro-credit for job work training.
The second day of the meet started with breakfast by the sea, pepped up with lively banter and serious discussions. This had soon ended with Archana keeping a tab on the time and ushering everyone into the conference hall.
Kalyan from Pan IIT foundation started the day with a session on their ‘Reach for India’ program. The initiative focuses on providing a 45–60 days vocational training with assured jobs at the end of it, for a fee, in the form of a loan. The only criterion to get in: you must be uneducated, willing to work hard and relocate, and be a first time borrower. The ‘Gurukuls’ not only provide training in fields such as driving, welding and catering but teach the basic social and language skills needed for the job. Sounded almost too good to be true.
Another interesting session was by Dr.Singh from ‘Sambhav’ who threw light on the importance of sanitation in rural India and how Sambhav gave loans to construct toilets. The usually ‘dirty’ word (toilet) had freed many from a demeaning experience everyday and helped alleviate health and hygiene issues.
Ram, co-founder of Rang De discusses Rang De’s roadmap ahead. He praised the field partners for the support they have given all through Rang De’s journey.
More ideas and more discussions all led to our final speaker for the day — Ram, the Rang De CEO. He shared his thoughts on the road ahead for Rang De and requested all the partners to help us achieve our mission. What followed was an overwhelming response with a barrage of ideas on how to achieve it. From sharing address books to having the Rang De logo on their web site and even promises of each partner getting social investors, suggestions came in from all quarters.
Soon, quick farewells were followed by a group photograph session and everyone was on their way home. The meet will be discussed, dissected and evaluated for some time to come by the Rang De team and valuable insights and lessons learned will lead to plans and targets, but what will remain in our memory forever is the immense support we have had and will have from our partners.