Nandkishor Boddu, Rang De Social Investor & Former Rang De Hyderabad Chapter Member
My association with Rang De started in October 2010 when I met Ram (Rang De Co-Founder and CEO) at an entrepreneurship summit in Bangalore where Ram was one of the speakers. In his session, he spoke about Rang De and the work Rang De Chapters were doing in India and abroad. After his session, I discussed with him about starting a chapter at Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nashik where I was studying at that point.
Around the same time, I was selected for the Tata Jagriti Yatra (a 2-week train journey of 450 youngsters across India with a mission to promote social entrepreneurship). The Yatra and my interactions with Ram and Smita finally culminated in the launch of Rang De Symbiosis Nashik Chapter in February 2011. The first activity of our Chapter was an awareness kiosk of Rang De at a seminar of ‘Mumbai Dabbawalas’ organized by Rotary Club of Nashik in March 2011 where Rang De’s impact was appreciated by the Mumbai Dabbawalas team. After that, we organised a field trip with the Mumbai Chapter to Surendranagar, Gujarat. We conducted audits of 25 Rang De borrowers with the field partner Prayas. It was a humbling experience as I understood the aspirations of rural women entrepreneurs and how hard they work to improve their standard of living. The last activity that I was a part of with the Nashik Chapter was a seminar by Mr. Anshu Gupta of GOONJ in December 2011.
After my MBA, I joined a consulting firm in Hyderabad and decided to continue my association with Rang De in Hyderabad. And in July 2012, I became a proud social investor with Rang De by investing a small amount from my first salary post MBA. In August 2012, I was a part of the Rang De Freedom Bus Concert where Rang De Brand Ambassador Raghu Dixit met borrowers and performed for them. It was here in Pusad, that I met a community of 25 women entrepreneurs, interacted with them and made many new friends in the 2 day trip . That’s what Rang De is all about — meeting and interacting new people who share the same passion to bring a social change in India.
In September 2012, The Rang De Hyderabad Chapter organized its 1st event — A Rang De Box Office (RDBO) screening of “Bonsai People” an award winning documentary about Grameen Bank at Lamakaan. From then onwards, it has been an exciting journey with the Rang De Hyderabad Chapter; which today has 20 volunteers committed to the cause of Rang De. We have organized RDBO screenings every month since September 2012 and conducted a seminar about Rang De at IIIT, Hyderabad where we promoted the Rang De Campus Ambassador program. We also organized a ‘Rang De Freedom Walk’ in December 2012 at KBR Park. All the events have helped us in reaching out to more people and spread the word about Rang De and its impact of low-cost microcredit.
I recently shifted my base from Hyderabad due to a job change and I am very excited about reactivating the Rang De Nashik Chapter and continue my association with Rang De!
If you are a passionate individual and are keen on contributing to social change through microcredit, meet like minded people by joining a Rang De Chapter closest to you.