Monday, May 23, 2011

Rang De- Empowering the Impoverished

I had come across Rang De for the first time in March 2010, when I visited an expo by ITsAP at Hyderabad. The first thing that caught my attention was the name itself. I saw a couple of enthusiastic people in Rang De jerseys explaining about their concept and the change they're trying to make, to everyone who showed interest to stop by and see what this stall was all about. I did the same and was really swept off my feet when I heard about low cost Microcredits for the rural and impoverished people

Never in my wildest dreams did I think, that the peer-to-peer lending model could be leveraged to lower the cost of microcredit and in fact, reach out to under-served and impoverished communities. Here was an honest and sincere effort by a determined team of individuals spread over Chennai and Hyderabad to make a change, for the people, for the country. Having formed in 2008, they've grown by leaps and bounds and made their presence felt in other parts of the country, notably Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and even parts of USA. Ace film maker Nagesh Kukunoor and yesteryear actress Waheeda Rehman are the brand ambassadors of this movement.

The name Rang De aptly stands for colour and exuberance which the Rang De team believes in filling the lives of the people they reach out to with, and eventually make poverty history in India.

I wish Rang De all the Luck and Success and encourage everyone else to come and be a part of this movement to make India a more developed and poverty-ridden nation.

More about Rang De...
Rang De is a pioneering web-based social initiative with a mission to provide cost-effective microcredit to low income households in India. Through an online platform (www.RangDe.Org), Rang De enables people to participate in microcredit by lending as little as Rs. 100.
Rang De has reached out to over 5900 entrepreneurs across 12 states by lending Rs. 31mn. Rang De currently funds business, education, and artisan loans. Rang De is a registered non-profit trust.

Details: You might want to read through our FAQs for a comprehensive understanding of Rang De -

Support: Microcredit, Peer-to-peer lending, individual social responsibility, online lending, philanthropy

Note: - More Corporates to participate in our corporate connects program (one time donation which will be rotated as social investments).
- More people to blog about Rang De and on the Rang De blog also. 
- Social media advisors to help us on how to take our social media strategy forward
- Java/JSP Developers who are interested in working for Rang De full time for at least a year.
- Funding for our operations.

This post is a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR. 

You can too with three simple steps. Visit and support the NGO's.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Humility, in Life & Business

Humility is a trait that lets a person be grounded, no matter what the situation is. It’s considered a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions. Humility is multi-dimensional and includes self-understanding and awareness and openness.

Humility stops the ego or arrogance from creeping in to our minds. It is a great team building asset and vital in a business/life scenario. In a way it helps us to think beyond ourselves and see the larger picture. Hence, it is considered an important characteristic of an effective Leader. C.K. Prahalad, the renowned management guru said "Leadership is about self-awareness, recognizing your failings, and developing modesty, humility, and humanity.” It’s sad to see the corporate world today where the big cheese don’t exactly demonstrate those qualities and get into unethical/irresponsible acts, driven by their blatant self-interest and greed.

Success plays a critical role when it comes to humility in Life and Business. In the journey of life, achievement of success- expected or unexpected can boost anybody's ego and put them in a spot of complacency. Furthermore milestones of success are keenly anticipated. Subsequent successes are hugely welcomed but at that point of time, the occurrence of any possible failure can really demoralize the person. In the case of the humble ones, the wings of airs are rarely obtained. Even in times of adversity the humble ones stay put. Humility can bring more success in the long run.

The quality of caring within the society, within organizations and in relationships between people is what a humble person is all about. Humility is about gracefully accepting a compliment and replying with a polite "Thank you". It's about loyally doing your job and not going about bragging about it. It's about performing acts of service in an anonymous capacity. The kind of contentment you'd receive in doing the above is unimaginable. Take it upon yourself to perform a random act of kindness to someone and see your Feel Good factor going sky high!

Someone who is truly loving and caring at home with their family, with friends, neighbors,  have that capacity to bring it to the work place.

- Margaret Pundmann
- Business of Life