Posts from Tag: Andhra Pradesh

Photo Essay: the weavers of Srikakulam

Posted By Rang De Team in LivelihoodsPhoto Essay: the weavers of Srikakulam

The Vamshadhara Weavers Producers company office in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh We are about 40 kilometres from Srikakulam, the coastal district in Andhra Pradesh abutting Southern Odisha. The board members of the Vamshadhara Producer Company are sitting around a circle, discussing the previous year’s finances. Vamshadhara, which currently works with some 120 weavers in the remote, rural […]

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Bringing back organic farming in Anantapur

Posted By Rang De Team in Agriculture

Dharani is a collective of organic farmers and their products are sold in Bangalore and Hyderabad Should we wait for a drought to conserve water? Should we wait for erosion to conserve the soil? Should we wait for a crop failure to adopt organic farming? Should we wait for the total depletion of resources to […]

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In Numbers — Andhra Pradesh — A Look at How Microloans Transformed the Lives of Farmers

Posted By Rang De Team in Agriculture

A lot of hard work and investment goes into Farming. Contrasting with its share of greenery, Andhra Pradesh also has drought-stricken areas in Kurnool, Anantapur, Srikakulam, Prakasam, and Nellore. We have disbursed over 930+ loans and worked with three microventures (organisations focused on rural development) in this state. Out of the 74 professions we have disbursed […]

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Access Livelihood Consulting — Helping Weavers in Godavari Aspire Towards A Stable Future

Posted By Rang De Team in Livelihoods

Handloom is one of the largest economic activities, considered by many to be the second largest community of working individuals in rural India, providing direct employment to over 65 lakh families, but it is fast losing its importance. Access Livelihoods Consulting (ALC) India, a Hyderabad-based social enterprise established in 2005 to work with weavers and […]

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Rice was not the staple food everywhere in India

Posted By Rang De Team in Uncategorized

Rang De is transitioning from a charitable trust to a Non Banking Financial Company. Check out our brand new peer-to-peer lending platform rangde.in Did you know that rice was not once the staple food in many places in South India? Did you know that the cost of gold has gone up 20 times since 1960 […]

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Can there be a rebirth of microfinance in AP?

Posted By Rang De Team in Uncategorized

By Smita Ram, Rang De Team Bakshi Bee — group leader of ‘Allah Baksh’ “ We need a second chance, a rebirth” says Bakshi Bee who is the group leader of ‘Allah Baksh’ — the last group that Rang De funded in Andhra Pradesh. There has been an almost eerie silence about microfinance for the last few months after […]

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Microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh — An inconvenient truth!

Posted By Rang De Team in Uncategorized

The recent microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh is a grim reminder that scale minus thought leadership combined with knee jerk reactions can be disastrous. The result being that a phenomenon that could positively impact the lives of many low income households across India has come to a screeching halt in the state. A summary of […]

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Learnings from the field

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By Aishwarya Mishra, Rang De Hyderabad Chapter On a bright sunny afternoon we reached Yemmiganur, a bustling town at a distance of 70 kms from Kurnool. Our team consisted of 9 Rang De Chapter Members and after a mostly comfortable 5 hour ride all of us were raring to start the borrower evaluations. We had […]

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