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Milaap and Rang De


wealthymatters.comwealthymatters.comPhilanthropy is of interest to me.But I have my own preferences when it comes to giving viz.:

1.When it comes to giving money I prefer to do it anonymously.When it comes to giving of skills I prefer to do it personally.

2.It is very important to me to in no way demean or belittle the recipient.

3.I want to empower people by my assistance,not cause dependency.

4.I dislike cold charity.

5.I dislike competitive giving.

6.I abhor hard selling by charities .

7.I dislike super exclusive philanthropic cliques.

8.I hate profiteering off the poor and self-serving , hypocritical philanthropy.

9.I would love to have the option to give as little or as much as I can or want without being judged.

Milaap and Rang De are my 2 new discoveries.I haven’t test driven them yet,But I promise I will blog about my experiences with them later.In the meanwhile you can find out more about these microfinance organizations from their respective websites here:http://www.milaap.org/ and http://www.rangde.org/ .In case you have wished for an Indian version of Kiva here is your chance to be a social investor.Rang De has been around for a while but Milaap is newer.So be warned and start with just what you won’t mind writing off as a mistake.I repeat I have not personally tested either site as yet.

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About Keerthika Singaravel
Engineer,Investor,Businessperson

15 Responses to Milaap and Rang De

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  7. I did an internship and Milaap and the experience was amazing. I don’t have much idea about Rand De but would like to learn more about it.

    This internship changed my entire way of thinking about charity. Giving free resources to the needy won’t lead to the socio-economic development of this country as people will not be motivated to work hard. There is an absurdness in the expression of the working class where we want the rich to give to the poor for free.

    This is where Milaap comes in picture. Giving money as loans ensures that the borrower utilizes it to build an enterprise or get trained for employment. In this way he/she can make living without becoming dependent on charity money.

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

  8. skumar says:

    We Care India is another platform ( similar to Milaap and Rangde) that recently launched and operates at grassroots bypassing a field partner. Check it out at http://www.wecareindia.org also their blog at http://www.blog.wecareindia.org.

  9. Keerthika,

    I was myself frustrated with the lack of good options to do good in India – even though there are so many things which need our help.

    after a bad experience with a very well-known charity – I decided it change the way charity & giving works and started up Milaap. – with the hope of bringing all those values in to Milaap which any giver expects – transparency, sustainability and accountability.

    I urge you to make a loan on Milaap and experience the whole process.

  10. Hi Keerthika,

    Thanks for sharing your perspective on philanthropy. # 3 (empower people by my assistance, not cause dependency) is especially encouraging, and inline with our policy at Milaap.

    Please go through the our website and share your thoughts. If you have any questions, do write to me and I’ll be happy to answer them.

    Looking forward to hearing about your lending experience on Milaap 🙂

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