By Arvind Sridharan and Smita Ram, Rang De Team
“2 years, 2200 borrowers, 11 million INR disbursed.In a country of 1.2 billion people, we have not even scratched the surface. 10 passionate people working and thinking of change 24/7, 3 active chapters and 5 more getting active by the day. I’d say watch out 2010 for more of Rang De across India.” Smita Ram, Co Founder of Rang De writes, stating exactly just where Rang De is — ready to go on the next big wave after crossing milestones and hurdles for two years since its inception.
Members of the Rang De ecosystem (team members, volunteers and social investors) came together and celebrated Rang De’s second birthday across India. The Rang De Bangalore Chapter members got together to march on MG Road and spread the awareness about Rang De. At the same time, members of the Rang De Mumbai Chapter had two meets while the Rang De Hyderabad Chapter members had their first face to face meet to discuss Rang De’s presence in TEDxHiTechCity. Few people from various chapters volunteered for events for the first time since they joined the chapters. Anukish, Rang De Bangalore Chapter Member, shares his experiences:
It was my first time I joined a Rang De volunteer activity and I actually enjoyed it… We divided ourselves into two groups and covered two different areas… the response was good because we all ended up distributing all Rang De bookmarks on the way… It was fun approaching people and receiving different kind of reactions. Even though initially we were not getting many people but later after 12 we met many people who were interested in the concept on which Rang De works. It even included one RBI manager who was interested in knowing the way Rang De manages to have no repayment defaults….
Like Anukish, other Rang De Bangalore Chapter members found the march a good experience. Stay tuned to this blog to hear what they have to say first hand!
Meanwhile, at Chennai, friends of Rang De decided to meet up over a cup of coffee at Amethyst. The group included the Rang De team, volunteers, a few social investors and corporate partners as well. Some of the group members also brought in new members to the group. Since many people were meeting up for the first time — a lot of discussion revolved around the genesis of Rang De followed by questions on how they can help. With this group meeting, we expect the Chennai Chapter to get some impetus as a few of them were interested in joining and contributing to the chapter.
Stay tuned to the blog for more details on individual events, which our chapter members will share.