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Sponsored: Support Those Who Put Food On Your Table Everyday

Sponsored: Support Those Who Put Food On Your Table Everyday

March 2020, even though the virus had entered the country, citizens had not foreseen the devastation this virus would cause world over and in our country. When the numbers started to rise in India, many countries were already in lockdown for months, and India followed suit. There was a nationwide complete lockdown for three months and restrictions started easing only by mid-June.

1.38 billion people of this country were suddenly faced with an uncertain future. But the most affected were the rural communities, especially small and marginal farmers. They were left with unsold harvested Rabi crops, with no buyers, no access to market and no money to put it in a safe storage and no money in hand to buy the inputs for the Kharif season. While the Government did release some relief funds and measures, most of these small and marginal farmers did not have means to access the funds, many of them are tenant farmers and do not own land and therefore do not have Kisan Credit Cards, issued by the government to access funds allocated by the government.

These farmers were in dire need of funds to sustain their lives and livelihoods. That's when ‘Rang De India' was launched, to raise interest free loans for small and marginal farmers.

As a part of the campaign Rang De, an RBI regulated NBFC P2P and NDTV came together to telecast a 2 hour long telethon, with participation from farmer communities, corporates, and celebrities. The telethon was watched by millions across the country and received an overwhelming response.

5000 citizens came together to stand in solidarity for one cause, to support these farmers, who put food on our table. Citizens came together to make social investments via Rang De, to be facilitated as loans to our farmers across the country.

5700 small and marginal farmers across the country received these loans, most of them first time borrowers on a formal platform. Rang De works with impact partner organizations, mostly NGO's to reach out to the communities. 19 organizations across 14 states were part of this campaign and over 24 thousand lives were impacted. Majority of the funds have already been repaid to social investors.

This was possible because of the power of social investing and the coming together of social investors for this noble cause.

While we thought that we were on revival mode and the country would slowly pick up all economic and agricultural activities, the second wave of the pandemic hit us hard. Last year the impact was on livelihoods due to the lockdown and not so much on lives. But as we speak, the lives of rural communities are at high risk, they need funds to tide over this crisis.

Yet again, we are launching an interest free loan campaign and your support alone can make this a success. The funds will be used by these farmers for their immediate farming needs and also to sustain themselves and their families.

We continue to support our farmers and we need you to join in to revive the lives and livelihoods of small and marginal farmers across the country.

You can join in as a social investor and support a farmer in rural India - Invest Now

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About The Campaign

About The Campaign

 

Schools are beginning to reopen amidst a lot of chaos. Teachers have had to undergo salary cuts, many parents have not been able to pay the school fees due to job losses. For low income households, the challenge is accentuated further. With classes going online, thousands of children have had to scramble for gadgets to get online. The digital divide has never been more obvious, resulting in several kids dropping out of school.

To address the brewing crisis in the education space, Rang De along with NDTV hopes to intervene by providing interest free loans to low income households. The campaign aims to create awareness about the problem and raise interest free loans for student communities across India.

About The Partner

Rang De is a peer-to-peer lending platform that enables individuals to invest in fellow Indians. Started in 2008 as a non-profit, Rang De is now an RBI regulated peer-to-peer lending platform (NBFC-P2P).

Rang De's mission is to provide access to low cost, collateral-free loans with respect and dignity. Since inception, Rang De has been supporting farmers, artisans and small businesses and individuals who have been denied credit or cannot afford high-interest loans.