Ragpicker Chronicles: how a cooperative transformed their lives

 [Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on a unique urban cooperative organization – an evolution from a ‘Convention of 800 Ragpickers’ to a registered trade union and finally to its current form. Part 1 was Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat.] In this post, I present 3 stories. Three stories (from KKPKP’s …

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This Week in Impact Investing

Aavishkar and Cisco Cisco announced that it will invest in Aavishkaar’s Aavishkar II fund – a Mauritius based US$120 million fund. The funding will be part of Cisco’s commitment to invest about $200 million of venture capital investments in India, of which almost half has been utilized. Aavishkaar II’s focus will be on rural India, specifically agriculture, …

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Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

 [Editor’s Note: This is the first of a 3-part series on a unique urban cooperative organization – an evolution from a ‘Convention of 800 Ragpickers’ to a registered trade union and finally to its current form.] Panchayats and cooperatives are associated with rural India, right? Or so I thought until I started reading up on …

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