Travel For A Cause — Two Bikers Set Out On A Journey To See How Crowdsourced Microcredit Helped An…

February 13, 2017
By Rang De Team
Rang De partnered with Scout My Trip on a ride to Fight Poverty

We have set out on a journey to end poverty in India and the path on this journey is long. We have always believed that for a problem as vast and challenging as bringing an end to poverty, we need heroes of all kinds.

Some of these heroes wear helmets.

Earlier this month, we partnered with Scout My Trip who agreed to go on a 300km journey from Mumbai to Pabal to meet a young man who opened up a goat farm with the help of 44 social investors who contributed to his loan request on our platform.

As part of the campaign, they visited Vigyan Ashram — one of our 40+ partners and a rural entrepreneurship school — and even had a meeting with a few of our 11000+ community of social investors in Pune.

They regularly posted updates on Facebook and Twitter and the buzz created online brought in other supporters who ultimately helped us raise Rs 1.03 lakh helping 19 women entrepreneurs from rural India.

Here is the journey as it happened.

An Ashram For Entrepreneurship

Deepak Ananth and Vineet Rajan set out on a 300 km road trip with Theia and Leititia. Deepak rides a Bullet Classic 500 while Vineet rides an Electra 500

Setting out from Mumbai at the crack of dawn toward the rising sun in the horizon, Vineet and Deepak made it to Pabal by afternoon.

Pabal, a small village on the outskirts of Pune, is home to Vigyan Ashram. Offering a practical, vocational skills based education to students, the ashram follows the motto of learning while doing, bridging the gap between interest and application.

Vigyan Ashram has encouraged 12 hardy rural entrepreneur to apply for loans on our platform and they received the backing of Indians across the country

The ashram has developed various modules which have allowed students (many of whom may not have completed a formal education but clearly have the drive to set up businesses in villages) learn how to use basic technology.

Pawan Soni, the project manager at the ashram, gave a quick introduction to all the activities taking place and took the bikers around the institute that offers its courses at a competitive rate of just Rs 92k.

Vigyan Ashram students learn basic courses on animal husbandry, electrical engineering and agriculture and are exposed to soft skills training such as the making of powerpoint presentations so they can successfully present business plans to banks

Students can enrol in a year-long Diploma course in Basic Rural Technology (DBRT) or take up shorter training courses ranging from 3–6 months in irrigation technology, computer design, water waste management, solar panel installation, poultry farming etc.

Vigyan Ashram aims to make its students employable and provide them with skills that will help them start small enterprises of their own. The most promising students are also provided with mentorship and financial assistance.

Students at work inside the Vigyan Ashram campus in Pabal, Pune

Meeting Jayesh, A Young Man With A Vision

After a fruitful couple of hours spent at the Ashram, the bikers met Jayesh Dhayerkar, an alumni of the institution.

Jayesh proudly showed off the goat farm that funds provided through the Internet helped him set up

Millions of young men and women around the country need our help and we are proud to bring their stories forth onto the web

The next morning, the bikers met Roopesh Kohad, Srivatsa Mahesh and Chaitanya Nadkarny, key members of the Rang De Pune chapter.

Volunteers in our chapters actively spread the message of social investment — often juggling family life and full-time jobs — working hard to bring about positive change in the country.

Two years ago, Srivatsa ran barefoot in the Pune marathon to raise funds for rural entrepreneurs. Roopesh, a computer engineer from IIT Delhi, has been an active Rang De social investor while Chaitanya Nadkarny has provided leadership coaching sessions to the Rang De management team.

Their individual journeys have been diverse but they are all keen to be involved in development.

Chaitanya strongly feels that we should embrace the novel concept of ‘ISR’ — Individual Social Responsibility — as poverty is a problem that requires everyone’s participation.

These are just some of the 11,000+ lenders based around India who visit the Rang De platform to do their part to help rural Indians get the support they deserve

Just as the bikers reached Mumbai, we received news that the target — raising 1 lakh for borrowers in Maharasthra — had been reached.

The road is a magical place and most bikers conquering long distances come away with a sense of personal achievement. But we hope that our partners and their backers enjoyed riding for something bigger than one’s individual self and rode with a purpose for a cause and for the benefit of our country.

The journey might have just been 300 kms long but the journey we undertook, covering the gap of between people, is infinitely longer but with so many supporters along the way, we are confident we will never run out of fuel.

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