Investing In Changemakers: IDS experience.

Are you curious to know about IDS beneficiaries?

Well on the 22nd of Feburary 2020, is an opportunity for you to learn not only about a specific project but the also hear from the beneficiary himself from the comfort of your home. An open and interactive dialogue to peak your curiosity and answer your questions.

Here is what we are thinking – A new series, once a month,  that will talk about what inspired Change-makers  to start their work, what challenges they faced and how they overcame. They will discuss learnings that can be used by other projects/people and how IDS support help them in their project.

This will be interactive session so bring your curiosity and ask questions. All you have to do is dial in from your phone. Scroll down for more info.

Our first  presenter is: Dr. Ramesh Bellamkonda 

A graduate of AIIMS, a Gastro-enterologist by profession, was practicing in the U.S. till March 1997.  Though he lived in Ohio he was quite actively involved with IDS during that  time.

Inspired by talk of Prof. Muhammad Yunus at a conference in Michigan, Ramesh went to Dhaka in 1996 to train under him.

Ramesh was deeply troubled by the fact that India was one of the poorest countries in the world. He was looking for a practical way to involve himself full time to hopefully eventually do large scale poverty alleviation in India.

After 21+ years he eventually decided to leave his medical practice in Ohio and went to India to start a microcredit program in Bangalore, as a practical way to do large scale poverty alleviation. 

Upon his request, a Registered Public Charitable Trust “Bharatha Swamukti Samsthe” (BSS) was started in 1997 for the purpose of doing large scale poverty alleviation work. He has served as its Trustee and a Governor right from its inception, and he ran the day to day affairs of the Trust from the beginning.  Effective 1st of April 2008, the Microfinance of the Trust was taken over by BSS Microfinance Private Limited (BSS NBFC) where he served as Managing Director until the BSS microfinance was bought over by the Kotak Bank.

Date: 22nd Feb 2020. 

Frequency: 4th Saturday of the month

Time: 9 am CST (8:30 pm IST before sprint time change and 9:30 pm after).

Meeting info: Click here to take you to the page 


Call-in number: +1-510-338-9438 USA Toll

+91-11-6480-2006 India Toll (Delhi)

Access code: 622 455 983

This is a great opportunity to learn and connect with actual people making a difference in people’s lives. If you have any questions reach out. Looking forward to your presence on the 22nd either listening or asking question!