Visit with Rajesh Shah - SAVE

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Sep 27, 2008


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Saturday, August 30, 2008

I spent the day with Rajesh Shah, Managing Director of SAVE.  After graduating from college with an Architect degree, Rajesh felt drawn to the development sector and has been working to help others since then - he is now 57.

Rajesh focuses on creating independent and sustainable programs that he and his organization launches and then steps back as they move to full independence - and then they move on to new initiatives.  One of his current key focuses at this time is water purification to provide potable water to those who do not have it.

I went with him on a three hour each way car trip where he was consummating a relationship with salt farmers to form an organization that is owned 65% by the salt farmers and 35% by SAVE.

In the office I met with Ushma Pathak who heads up their Microcredit Program.  They have a successful program in Urban areas that is serving 10,000 borrowers.  They are restarting a microcredit program in Rural areas.  Ushma has developed a unique model which creates Self Help Groups and has them operate quite independently.  The money is borrowed from the bank and without subsidy.  The Cost of Money from the Bank is 12%, SAVE charges 6% to cover their cost of overhead and operating these - for a total of 18 - 19%.  The borrowers also pay an additional 6% which goes into a fund that is repaid back to the borrowers at the end of the fiscal year.

Ushma was quite interested as I shared with her some of my knowledge of Ultra Poor/Beggar Programs and she is quite passionate about the work/good that her program is doing.  She is looking to build a solid program and is less interested in the rate of growth than she is the quality of their program.  Their target is to have 50,000 borrowers in five years.

Rajesh has been a guest lecturer at EDI and speaks before many other forums.  He enthusiastically agreed to be a teleconference guest lecturer and will send his CV and a list of courses that he is most suited to teach.
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dipika sheth on

hey rajesh bhai congragulations you are still the same always thinking about poor people needs god bless you keep in touch.

ala khamal lecturer msw bhavnagar on

Dear Sir/Madam,


Sub: Providing information about your organization work with salt worker problems and development.

Respected Sir/Madam,

I am joining Doctoral research studies (Ph.D.) in social science. Subject of "Impacts of NGO and Government efforts on Salt worker's Problems and Development" Reference to Little Rann of Kutch Gujarat. So please providing information about salt worker work related what type of problems and development focusing in your project, working area, how many beneficiary, your research study, out come, impact in society. Please if you have extra information regarding my topic, help me and give your suggestion and information. Please do needful for me.

Thanking you.

Ala khamal
MSW
MO; 9725573198
Bhavnagar.

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